Donegal go top of the table after win in Galway

Donegal go top of the table after win in Galway
Donegal are sitting pretty at the top of the Allianz League Division Two after they proved too good for Galway in their second game on Sunday.

Donegal are sitting pretty at the top of the Allianz League Division Two after they proved too good for Galway in their second game on Sunday.

Colm McFadden bagged the only goal of the game as Donegal ran out comfortable seven points winners, 1-16 to 0-12 on a very difficult Pearse Stadium pitch.

The wins means Donegal are the only team in Division Two of the league with full points after two rounds of games.

However, for Jim McGuinness, as is usually the case, the focus of the league is to prepare for the championship.

“We want to win the next two games but really want to get to the end of the league with a squad that can compete in the championship,” said Jim.

“In order to get that the fellas coming back must get game time and the younger lads must get exposure.

“There are six subs now which is good and no black cards yet, so we just keep rotating players, so hopefully by Armagh on April 6th, everybody will be at a decent level,” said Jim.

In Pearse Stadium, the underfoot conditions were hazardous but Donegal were much the hungrier with Martin McElhinney and Ryan McHugh leading the charge.

They led by 1-6 to 0-4 at the break and McGuinness agreed that they had put down a marker in the opening half.

“We had some good passages of support play and were comfortable playing into the wind” said McGuinness.

MONAGHAN NEXT

With four points from their two games, Donegal are a point ahead of their next opponents, Monaghan, who they meet in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny on Sunday March 2nd.

Donegal will not want to be reminded of the last meeting with the Farney men, losing rather heavily to them in last year’s Ulster final.

The game in Letterkenny represents a chance for Donegal to put the record straight.

After Monaghan, they have a home game against Meath a week later in Ballybofey, with the final three games away to Down, home to Louth and the last game away to Armagh on the first Sunday of April.

“At the start of the league we said if we got points on the board away from home, it would be a good start. We have to use the next three weeks to build fitness,” said McGuinness