Colm McFadden returned to his old stomping ground in yesterday and left Salthill with 1-4 after another polished performance.
The 30-year-old studied at NUI Galway Financial Maths and Economics before taking up a teaching position in St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny.
Yesterday, McFadden scored his goal on 14 minutes from a Dermot Molloy pass, rounding off a move that encompassed 14 passes - something of a delicacy on a heavy afternoon underfoot.
Karl Lacey, Frank McGlynn, Ryan McHugh, Neil McGee, Christy Toye and Rory Kavanagh were all involved at some stage or another as Donegal broke from back to front.
“The conditions were funny,” McFadden said.
“Although there was a strong breeze down the field, the scoring in the top goals wasn’t too bad.
“It was tough underfoot for the boys out the field running the ball but they did a good job to give us a good foothold in the game.
“We were five up at half-time but Galway came back at us very well in the second half.
“They used the ball very well and are dangerous with men coming off the shoulder. A bit like us, Galway probably played better against the wind.
“Galway were good at the start of the second half. They’re a dangerous team and always are a dangerous team going forward.
“It was pleasing for us to keep a clean sheet.”
Donegal weathered the storm, though, and now sit on top with four points in the Allianz League Division Two.
Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has made constant reference to the need to marry the dual priorities of picking up league points and bedding in younger players.
So far, the plan has been working as desired and Donegal welcome Monaghan, the Ulster champions to O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny on March 2.
“With modern-day football, it’s very important to have a panel of 26, 28 or 30 players and it’s important to use your bench,”
“It’s no good having just the bare 15 any more and thankfully for us we’ve a good bench and the boys coming off it are doing well,” McFadden.
We’re probably in a better position this year till last but it’s hard to know.
“It’s good to win the first two games, especially away from home.
“Winter football is always though but we’re happy enough now with three weeks before Monaghan.”