Very positive was Donegal manager Margaret Foy’s initial response when asked for reaction to Donegal’s six point defeat by All-Ireland champions Cork.
“It was a very positive performance and I’m very proud of the performance the girls put in against the All-Ireland champions,” said Foy.
“There was only four points between us in normal time. We, in fact, led them at one stage in the first half and were level at half-time. They got away from us at the end of the game on the back of a few easy frees. But overall I would have to say it was a very positive performance and we were with them right to the very end.
“They are the All-Ireland champions and are a very good side and they probably came here today thinking that they would have it easy. But we walked in at half-time level with them and we honestly believed that we were in with a chance of winning the game in the second half.
“We came out in the second half and the girls gave it everything and even when they scored a few quick points we did not throw in the towel. We twice cut the gap to just two points. In the end it was fitness that probably cost us.
“But that is something we are working on and given that we are only a few weeks into training it is understandable. Last week, our fitness in the last 15 minutes let us down, but today, it was down to the last seven or eight minutes so we are closing the gap all the time.
“We played well as a team and we also had some very good individual performances Karen Guthtrie and Geraldine McLaughlin kicked some very good points and Aisling Cunningham took her goals well. The goal before half-time gave us a big lift and meant that we were very much in the game in the second half.
“We lost Niamh Mailey, too, at half-time; she received a kick to the back of the head just before half-time but Rosin McFadden came in and understandably was nervous in her first game at senior level but she did well too.
“Overall it was a very good performance and I have no complaints on the commitment and effort that we got from the girls. In fact I’m very proud of them and the performance they put in against the All-Ireland champions, the top team in the country and it is definitely a performance to build on,” said the Donegal manager.
Donegal host Tyrone next Sunday, venue to be confirmed, to complete the first half of their league campaign before they have a two week break before they begin the second half of the campaign.