Frank McGlynn, like all of Donegal, was disappointed with the outcome of last month’s Division Two final against Monaghan.
But for the Glenfin man who slipped the ball through to Leo McLoone,for the Donegal goal six minutes into the second half, the season was always about the championship and Derry, on May 25th in Celtic Park.
We were disappointed all right after the Division Two league final to Monaghan. But at the start of the year, the Division Two league final was never the priority. The 25th of May against Derry was always the game in our sights and it was always the game for us,” said Frank,
“Once the league final was over our total focus was on Derry. We prepared well over the last four weeks and we were very happy in ourselves and our own ability coming to Celtic Park today.
“We knew we were without Rory Kavanagh and that Neil Gallagher and Martin McElhinney were not fit to go for the full 70 minutes. But we were happy that we had the players to come in and do a job and that is how it worked out.
“Christy Toye and Odhran MacNiallais put in a serious amount of work on the first 35 minutes and we went in only two points down at half-time having played against a stiff breeze.
“We always felt the introduction of Martin (McElhinney) and Neil (Gallagher) was going to give us a lift. And we felt if we could get the ball into Michael (Murphy), Colm (McFadden) and Patrick (McBrearty) the scores would come. And that is more less how it worked and we got the couple of points and the goal and that gave us the platform to go on and win.”
The victory over Derry was a hugely satisfying one for Donegal and Eamon McGee, reward for hard work and commitment.
The Gaoth Dobhair man, one of the rocks on which the three point victory was built on, felt that the win over Derry was all down hard work dedication and commitment of the entire Donegal squad.
“It is a very satisfying result and it is reward for all the hard work we have put in to get ourselves ready for the game since the start of the year,” said Eamon McGee.
“All the training was geared towards Derry and getting the game plan right and giving ourselves the best chance of coming away with the result. And on that front I think we got it spot on against what was very good Derry team, who went into the game as favourites and rightly so.”