Donegal captain Micheal Murphy was certainly not getting carried away with yesterday’s three point victory over the Oakleafers.
The Glenswilly man, who kicked four points of his team’s total, including a massive sideline ball from all of 60 metres early in the second half, felt it was a good Donegal performance and a great result.
But the man that led Donegal to 2012 All-Ireland success also insisted there was plenty of room for improvement ahead of the semi-final meeting with either Antrim or Fermanagh.
“Any day you go to Celtic Park and beat Derry, let it be in the Dr McKenna Cup, the league or the championship, is a good day and a good result. And we are delighted with the win and the fact that we are through now to the semi-final,” said the Donegal skipper.
“But let’s not get carried away. It was a good performance. But it was not a complete performance. It was one that was good enough to get us over the line to use a well used cliché and that was the important thing. But there is plenty of room for improvement too.”
The skipper also admitted that space was at a premium and it was a game where it was all about taking you chances when they presented themselves.
“It was very claustrophobic out there and there was very little room and it was a case of taking as many chances as best you could.
“Thankfully at the start of the second half in terms of getting the couple of points and scoring the goal we took the best of our chances and those scores set us up for the win. We needed every one of those scores because we were hanging on at the end.”
Despite being only being two points down at half-time having played into a strong breeze, Murphy admitted that he was not at all happy with the first half.
“We weren’t that particularly happy in terms of getting shots away. We certainly did not cover ourselves in glory when it came to getting scores in the first half. I know we could have been further behind but we had chances also to be level if not in front.
“Thankfully we were a lot more efficient in the second half and the bodies that came off the bench at half-time and in the second half contributed fresh legs and considerably to the win.
“They contributed significantly in terms of energy, in terms of ball winning ball, in terms of taking scores. We certainly needed every man that came off the bench to see us through what was a tough and testing hurdle.”