Good day for McHugh and McElhinney

Good day for McHugh and McElhinney
Sunday’s win continued a good start to the 2014 season for Donegal and two players played a really big part in the victory.

Sunday’s win continued a good start to the 2014 season for Donegal and two players played a really big part in the victory.

Martin McElhinney put in a powerhouse performance at midfield while Ryan McHugh gave an energetic performance as an attacking wing half-back.

The St. Michael’s man was happy with the victory.

“It was good to get two victories on the trot. It is never easy coming to Galway.

“It was very difficult underfoot, very heavy on the feet so it was good to get over the line.

“Hopefully we can build on this. We are not that long started. It’s all about building up for the championship at the end of the day,” said Martin, who suffered a defeat midweek in the Sigerson Cup with Queen’s.

“It’s good to get two points from each trip away. What we got was from hard work. We got beat in the Sigerson but I can concentrate now on Donegal. It’s hard to serve two masters,” said Martin.

“We have a wee break now and we can put the head down and plan for Monaghan.” he said.

For young Kilcar defender Ryan McHugh, it was more of the same, always available on the overlap and his use of the ball was exemplary from start to finish.

Naturally enough, he was very happy speaking after the game.

“We’re delighted. We aimed to come down here and get the two points and thankfully we did that. We can look forward now to three weeks and get ready for Monaghan.

“I got the chance to get up the pitch a bit more and also got a point. It was very hard to play in the conditions. It was hard to keep your feet.

“It was a good game of football, I’d say for the spectators. I was happy to get on the scoresheet, I could have got one or two more.

“They moved me out and moved Frank in. I was happy enough with that.

“I’m loving playing football at the minute. You can train all you want but you can’t beat playing football. It’s definitely one of the best feelings in the world and that’s why I play football.,” said Ryan.

The win leaves Donegal sitting pretty at the top of the table, the only side in the Division with full points from their two games.

Down and Monaghan are next in line with three points while Laois and Meath have two points. Armagh and Louth have a point from the opening round games while Galway prop up the division with nothing to show for their two games to date.

Donegal’s next game is at home to Monaghan on March 2nd and they follow that the following week at home to Meath. The Monaghan game is at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny with the Meath game in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey. Their final three games are away to Down, home to Louth and away to Armagh.

Sunday’s win leaves them in a very good position.