Colm McFadden was once again Donegal’s top scorer with a goal and two points. His goal and his team’s second, in the middle of the second half was the final nail in Derry’s coffin.
The big Creeslough man played a huge role in Donegal’s second goal when he burst past a number of Derry men and was bearing down on goal when the ball was broken away from him and fell to Leo McLoone who first timed the net.
“I was going for the goal because at worst I felt is that I would have been fouled for a penalty. And just as I was about to have a go it my arm was held and it broke to Leo and fair play to him, he made no mistake,” said McFadden.
“The goal gave us a five point cushion and it set us up for the second half and the second goal probably finished the game off. Realistically it was easy enough from then until the finish. The boys in midfield and Patrick McBrearty did all the hard work for the second goal and all I had to do was to make a bit of space for myself and hit it and it went in.
“It was good to get over the line and get the win. The conditions were tricky enough, the rain before the game made underfoot conditions slippy and it was difficult to hold our feet, it was tricky enough early on. But once we settled in and got going we were on top.
“In fairness to Derry, they had a good few players coming back from injury and the fact that we had a game played was also a benefit but, being honest, it was comfortable enough in the end.”
McFadden was delighted too that Michael Murphy was back and paid tribute to the skipper who had worked hard to regain full fitness and made a significant contribution to the game.
“It was good to have Michael back, it was a good lift to the rest of team. I thought we had a lot of good performances and the team as unit played well.
“We were away for four days last week. It was good to get everybody together and it was good for team bonding and overall the training has gone well in recent weeks. But we are going to have to pick it up again the next day against Tyrone. They will be much tougher than Derry.
Last year in the first half (in the Ulster semi-final) they taught us a football lesson. They had a good league campaign and they had a good win last week against Armagh.