For the first time in the current Allianz Football League campaign Rory Kavanagh spent most of the game on the pitch.
For the five previous games, Kavanagh has excelled, but has been replaced after 40 minutes in a pre-planned move in order for him to manage an old injury.
There were times when the substitution looked baffling, but was being made for medical reasons, even though the St. Eunan’s man was playing well.
In Fr. Tierney Park, Rory stayed on the pitch until minutes from the end and his display was superb, dominating the airways, winning more clean ball than any other player in the midfield sector.
Afterwards, he was happy with the result, but like most Donegal supporters, was not happy with the consistency of performance.
“It was tough. We made it hard on ourselves there in the end. We gave away a couple of sloppy goals which brought them right back in the game and you could see that it lifted them,” said the St. Eunan’s man afterwards.
“We would have to be very disappointed with that.
“We would have been very happy with the performance up until we conceded the first goal. We will have to look at that. Other than that we tagged on, I think, 12 or 13 points to one at some stage, so you would be happy with that,” said Rory.
Kavanagh along with Christy Toye had a great game around midfield, but was modest in his reply to being man of the match, feeling it was the collective that is much more important.
“It’s all about the eight or nine men that are in there around midfield. Everybody is working hard and that would be the main thing,” said Rory, who felt that Donegal had spread the scores well.
“There was a good spread of scorers there, so that’s good.”
The Donegal man said the focus would now switch to Sunday next and the vital game with Armagh.
“We’re away now to Armagh next week so they are now in a relegation fight. It will be a battle now, but it was always going to be like that. We will go there and try to win it,” he said.
“We had a few boys out today, Neil (Gallagher) and Frank (McGlynn) and Paddy McGrath has yet to comeback. Hopefully we will get them boys back for next week,” said Rory.
Before that there will be some work to be done in the video room, regarding the two goals in the second half.
“It was very bad, just long balls in. We were caught for one from own kick out and the second one was just a long ball in. It is something we will have to look at and brush up on for the next day,” said Rory.
“It will be something that will feature in video analysis in the coming week,” said the St. Eunan’s man.