Donegal full-back Neil McGee feels that full concentration can now be placed on the Ulster Championship with the Allianz League finished.
Although Jim McGuinness’s side were beaten 1-16 to 1-10 by Monaghan in yesterday’s Division Two final, Gaoth Dobhair club man McGee is well aware that an improvement is required prior to the meeting with Derry at Celtic Park on May 25.
“We have a lot of work to do and we know exactly where we’re at,” he said. “We have to aim for that. Even this last weeks it’s all been about Derry. That’s what we will be concentrating on now for the next four weeks.”
Donegal were patchy at Croke Park. They were just feeling their way back into the match when, six minutes into the second half, just 0-10 to 0-8 down, Rory Kavanagh was given a straight red card for poking Darren Hughes with his boot, which he was holding.
Although Donegal did manage to level soon afterwards when Michael Murphy slammed home a penalty, Monaghan eventually made use of their numerical advantage to run out winners by six points.
“It’s disappointing,” McGee added. “We lost our discipline a bit there at the end between losing a man and getting a couple of black cards. I thought we were well in the game up until that point but Monaghan pushed on a lot more then in the end.
“They did damage in the last 20 minutes. You could see there at the very end they always had an overlap and we were just chasing shadows in the end. Look, it’s not the end of the world. We could be out of the championship in the first round.”