Donegal can thank their captain Michael Murphy for getting a share of the spoils against a resurgent Meath in MacCumhaill Park.
“I was due that one,” said Michael Murphy, when asked about his late equalising free which was almost on the sideline and some 25m from goal.
Donegal were a point down but when you need someone to kick a pressure point, then the Glenswilly man was up to the mark.
“In fairness, there were a good few mistakes. Then after the first three games, I suppose everybody was coming expecting things. We obviously, we didn’t expect a Meath side to be coming out with all guns blazing. But in fairness, they did and they got a lead and it took us a while to tail it back.
“Then Frank (McGlynn) got the goal. The goal was a big score, it kinda got us out of jail in the first half, but credit where credit is due, the boys stood up in the second half,” said Michael.
Asked if Frank was going for the goal, Michael quipped: “You will have to ask Frank that now!
“I wouldn’t put it by him. In fairness he is a very, very skilful player and he took it very well.
“We kept coming back but we didn’t take our chances. On another day, a goal could have dropped and the ball came back off a post; credit to Meath for staying in the contest and it was a good test for us.
“Davie Walsh came back today and made an impact and that’s what we want,” said Murphy, who agreed that you can learn more sometimes from a tight game like that.
“We would like to learn from every game, especially like taking our chances. I think we were a bit wasteful in front of goal, both in the Monaghan game and again today.
“We were quite good in the opening two games, more clinical. But in terms of converting chances today, we were wasteful.
“We stood off Meath and they have a number of players who can kick points from long range.
“We needed to get a foothold in midfield in the second half and that, in the end, was a factor.”
When suggested that a point was a good result in the end, Michael agreed: “It wouldn’t have been a nice game to lose; we possibly could have won the game but in the end we were lucky enough to get a draw,” said the Donegal captain.
“Nothing really changes for us. After Monaghan last week, we are trying to get boys back on the pitch and getting game time. We have a competitive squad and that’s what we want. Jigger (Darach O’Connor) came in today and did well. David Walsh came back. We will keep doing that.
“We have another tough game next week (away to Down) but we will keep doing that and building towards the summer.”
The Donegal captain’s feet remain firmly on the ground and this result will bring the entire squad back to earth.