Donegal minor manager, Declan Bonner, had plenty to be upbeat about after Saturday’s win over Tyrone in the Ulster Minor League. It was Donegal’s second win in two games, having beaten Fermanagh in the opening game.
He had just watched his side come from six down at the break to be worthy winners against Tyrone, and doing so without quite a few panel members.
“There were a few words said at half-time. The two goals were bad goals from our point of view. We talked about that but in all fairness we gave them a target at the start of the second half and we did well,” said Declan Bonner, who was happy that it was achieved without the St. Eunan’s College lads and others out injured.
He said he hoped to have Stephen McBrearty back in four or five weeks. “He is back training with us now.”
The manager felt his side finished well. “The fresh legs we put in did well. The boys put in a great workrate and the type of game we are playing, the running game, is very energy sapping stuff.
“But we chances to put them away. We got away with it today, but we will have to brush up on that,” he said.
“I’ve had them for the last three years. We have been looking at where we can improve matters. We started a strength and conditioning programme back in August and you can see, they are getting stronger, they are getting quicker and more powerful. As I said to them there, we are still no world beaters. We will still have to keep working hard, but it’s a good result. Not just from a football point of view, but from a mental point. We came in at half-time six down and we were able to turn it around in the second half,” said Declan.
“We have 22 togged today. We had John McDyre out with a chest infection; you have Lorcan Connor and Stephen (McBrearty) and the Letterkenny lads (St. Eunan’s College). As I say I know most of them for three years and they are great lads to work with,” said Declan, who said they would go to Derry next Saturday hoping to cement their place in the Ulster semi-final.
Donegal meet Derry in the Ulster Minor Championship on 25th May, but Bonner is just concentrating on the league and on his own side.
“We have made changes in all our matches, not for the sake of making changes, but just to see how lads fit in. They have all answered questions. That bunch of lads work really well together. They are really, really close. They have moulded together as a team. We will not get carried away, but any day you beat Tyrone is a good day’s work,” said Declan.