Donegal captain Michael Murphy was happy with the win and he also paid tribute to the large Donegal support that made the long trip to Portlaoise.
”It’s nice to come down here and get the win. The travelling support that came down the road as well was great. After last year which was a tough season for everyone it’s great to see the large number of supporters that made the trip,” said Murphy.
He also emphasised that the team are determined to make up for the disappointment of last year and in light of that he felt the 13 point win and the two league points was a positive start to the new season.
He also expreseds his delight at Christy Toye’s return and performance and he also singled out new boys Odhran MacNiallais and Hugh McFadden for special mention too and emphasised the importance of new players coming in and staking claims for places in the team.
“I’m delighted for Christy. There are bodies there now that we just didn’t have last year. You see the likes of Christy, Odhran MacNiallais and Hugh McFadden; they all showed what they’re about. Karl back as well is a huge boost.
“We’re still short a number of lads through injury but hopefully that’ll sort itself out in the next few weeks.
“It doesn’t need me to say it, but Christy Toye is a fantastic footballer. You seen it there again today. He’s struggled there for a while with injury and others might have packed it in. But credit where credit is due. He’s come through a tough rehab and is getting closer each week.
“He has it all. He can carry possession, is physical, can spot a pass and he can take a score. He offers us so much so it’s a huge plus to have him back in there.”
“That’s exactly what you want - to see men taking on responsibility. Hugh and Odhran stood up there and weren’t afraid to have a go. Seeing boys standing up and staking claims is what it’s all about. If they can continue to do that then we’ll be very happy.”
Looking ahead to next weekend’s game with Galway in Salthill, he emphasised that it was important that Donegal build on the performance.
“It’s important that we carry this into Galway now. Teams are at various stages of fitness and you never know what to expect at this time of year. I think we showed good energy at times today.
“With two away games up first, we need to make a positive start to the league.”