Another good performance and a pretty comprehensive result against Galway in the league yesterday for Donegal.
For all intents and purposes the game was over at half-time. We were leading by five points at half-time having played against a strong wind. We were much the better team. This was especially the case in the first half. Galway did attack us for a while in the second half and reeled off eight good points. But realistically we had taken the foot off the pedal by that stage.
Galway were very disappointing and it is in a way sad to see how a once great power in the game has dropped down the pecking order. Looking at both teams in the warm up before the game it was plain to see that we were streets ahead of them in the physical stakes. It was very noticeable that our boys were in much better condition and had the superior upper body strength.
That said they have a few good forwards. I was impressed with Concannon and Padraig Conroy is a fine footballer and I thought that the Kildare man Kavanagh showed well in the second half at midfield.
But there was no question about it, Donegal were the better team and indeed would not have been flattered if they had won by an even bigger margin.
It was good to see big Neil (Gallagher) back and getting game time. We will need him for bigger battles down the road, because if I have one concern it is that we struggled for a time in the middle of the field. But having said that, I thought Martin McElhinney, for the second week in a row, had a fine game in midfield.
It was also good to see Patrick McBrearty get a run out. He kicked three great points, trademark McBrearty scores and looking at him he is well on his way back to fitness after his operation. Ryan McHugh had a fine game and I would go as far as to say it was his best game in a senior shirt. He may have struggled at corner back against a bigger man, but once he moved to the half back line he excelled.
Overall we are in a good place and in much better shape than we were this time last year.
Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.