Durack feels Donegal have more to give

Durack feels Donegal have more to give
Donegal manager Ray Durack was not overly happy with the display of his charges but delighted to get the season off to a winning start.

Donegal manager Ray Durack was not overly happy with the display of his charges but delighted to get the season off to a winning start.

The Burt man agreed that the final scoreline did not do justice to the domination which Donegal exerted during this game.

“We fluffed a lot of chances and took a lot of stupid options,” was how Durack reacted after the game.

“We should have had maybe 4-25 (on the scoreboard). We just made stupid decisions in front of goal. But then it’s our first game since the Nicky Rackard final.

“We didn’t have any challenge games this year. But overall it was a good performance. We knew Fermanagh are a tough dogged side. The tough underfoot conditions probably suited them; we are a nice fast team. We need fast ball; that pitch was very heavy; it just wasn’t coming up for us.

“But we got a game under out belt and we got a look at a few new fellas. I’m happy and glad to get the win,” said the manager.

“We have six good forwards but some weren’t firing on all cylinders. Lee Henderson was striking well from the frees; Ciaran Mathewson was unlucky and Eugene Organ came in there as well. Fair play to their ‘keeper, he threw himself about. But a win is a win and I’m happy with that.

“We have Longford away next week. Then we have Louth and Roscommon and at home Monaghan.

“It’s a tough league this year and this (Fermanagh) team is one of the teams I would have feared most. Because I knew looking at them coming through at underage. But on a good day in good conditions; the grass was a wee bit long for our style of hurling. We could have beaten them by a lot more, to be honest.

“Danny Cullen covered every blade of grass out there and just made it look so easy. We worked very hard around the middle but I think the ball came back out too easy from the forwards. The defence and midfield were very good today. We will get there; we are just working on it at the minute.

“We were very rusty. I found it very hard to get challenge games this year. Everybody was involved in games; pitches were flooded. So we had just wee in-house games and it’s not really the same. But a win is a win and we have got the campaign off to a winning start. We will knuckle down this week for another very tough game against Longford,” said Durack, who added that the league was a target this year.

“We’re still hurting from that league (last year). We left it behind us and that team is good enough to go up a level and if we put in the work, we would be hopeful of getting to the promotion stages this year,” said Durack.

Donegal started with 11 of the Nicky Rackard winning team and as the manager says, they are a team still on an upward curve. The games in the coming weeks will be tougher.