Donegal to continue push for Div Two

Donegal to continue push for Div Two
Donegal are aiming to build on last weeekend’s opening day victory over Fermanagh, when they face Longford this Sunday.

Donegal are aiming to build on last weeekend’s opening day victory over Fermanagh, when they face Longford this Sunday.

The Tir Chonaill men had nine points to spare at the finish of their tie with the Maguire County in Fr Tierney Park.

Enda McDermott and Lee Henderson slammed home the goals and Henderson also posted seven points. Ciaran Matthewson four, Danny Cullen three, Sean McVeigh two and Paul Sheridan and McDermott, one each, were the other Donegal scorers in the 2-19 to 1-13 victory over Fermanagh.

“It is a matter of going out now and building on that performance and result,” insisted Donegal centre-half-back Jamsie Donnelly, who began his 13th season as a Donegal senior last Sunday.

“Sunday’s win was a good start to the year. But we missed a lot of chances and I thought we were a little ring rusty in front of the posts at times. If we had taken all our chances we would have won by a lot more.”

Donegal’s rustiness was understandable in that they went into the game without any warm up games due to the inclement weather in recent weeks.

Their entire pre-season since they returned prior to Christmas have been confined to in-house practice games on Sunday mornings.

“The important thing is that we got the win. This time of year it is more about the result than performance. If you keep winning the performances will come,” added Jamsie, who became a dad for the second time on Monday last, with the birth of his baby son Jamsie Junior. His daughter Ellie May is two-and-half-years-old.

Donegal face a Longford side who also got their season off to a winning start, albeit a narrow one point victory over Monaghan in Monaghan.

“We haven’t played them in a few seasons. But anytime we have there never has been much between us. They have always being tough opponents and they got a good result at the weekend too.

“We are expecting nothing easy on Sunday. But it is the type of game we have to win if we want to push for promotion.

“Promotion is the goal. We feel we are good enough to be playing in Division Two. We have the players and the squad to be playing at the higher level but with Longford, Roscommon and Louth away from home it is not going to be easy.

“Two years ago when we won the Lory Meagher there was a certain contentment in the squad that we had won something. But this year it is different after winning the Nicky Rackard; we want to kick on and give the league a good rattle and win promotion.”

Donegal have a fully fit squad for Sunday’s clash with the Shannonsiders.