Devenney: “Forwards can help see off Laois”

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Devenney: “Forwards can help see off Laois”
Brendan Devenney feels Donegal will need to reignite their passion to see off Laois in Saturday’s All-Ireland qualifier in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Brendan Devenney feels Donegal will need to reignite their passion to see off Laois in Saturday’s All-Ireland qualifier in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Devenney, who played for Donegal from 1998 to 2007, believes the full-forward line Jim McGuinness has at his disposal are unlikely to be kept as quiet as they were against Monaghan in the Ulster final loss, when all three were unusually kept scoreless from play.

“Laois are likely to bring an intensity to the game a bit like Down and Monaghan did,” Devenney said.

“We have to be ready for that but our forwards won’t have as quiet a day again. If we win it will be a sticky win.”

Devenney is of the opinion the more teams try to replicate Donegal’s system the harder it will become.

“When that happens it just comes down to a shoot-out,” he said. “ We have a good set of players but there are a lot of teams in the country who have equally as good a set of players - teams like Cork, Kerry, Dublin and Mayo.

“If they play as well defensive and want it more, their drive might be a struggle to score.

“Monaghan did that and they were a nearly team. But Sunday was a huge deal for them and well done to them.

“Don’t get me wrong about this weekend, we should be able to dust ourselves off and get over Laois.”