Donegal to bounce back against Louth says Adrian Sweeney

Donegal to bounce back against Louth says Adrian Sweeney
Donegal lost their last game in the Allianz National Football League away to Down and drew the one before that against Meath in Ballybofey.

Donegal lost their last game in the Allianz National Football League away to Down and drew the one before that against Meath in Ballybofey.

In the eyes of some, Donegal have suffered a worrying dip in form in those last two games after impressive displays and results in their opening three games.

Yet despite those setbacks there is still no need to press any panic buttons or to get overly worried as Jim McGuinness and his men face into their last two games against Louth, on Sunday in Ballyshannon and seven days later against Armagh in Armagh.

That is the view of former Donegal All-Star forward Adrian Sweeney. Sweeney still feels Donegal are more than capable of rounding off the league on a winning note. And Sweeney feels confident that Donegal will be back in the top flight again next season.

“They have gone off the boil a bit in the last two games. But that doesn’t overly concern me at the moment,” said Adrian.

“I know from my own playing days, you always go into the first few games in the league full of energy and eager for games. But after a while that energy and hunger wears off and you begin to lose the appetite for games.

“The training is always harder and the pitches always seem to get heavier around this time of the year too.

“That is what I suspect has happened in the last two games and especially against Down the last day. From what I hear they have been training very hard over the last few weeks and I’m sure there is also a lot of the talk about Derry, and the championship too.”

Apart from the performance and the defeat to Down, the 2003 All-Star feels Donegal should be happy enough with their season so far.

“They started with away wins against Laois and Galway and I know people are saying that neither Laois nor Galway are any great shakes. But Portlaoise and Salthill are never easy venues to come away from with a result. I thought we played some very good football in both those games and showed the football they are capable of playing.”

Adrian also believes they recovered from a poor first half to put in a good second half display against Meath and deserved to get at least a draw out of that game.

“Overall, I feel Jim will be happy enough with the league so far. Odhran MacNiallais has come in and done well and there are a few the older lads back from injury. The squad does seem to be stronger than it was this time last year.”

As for Sunday’s game. Adrian is expecting something of a reaction from the Down defeat and a return to the form they showed in the three opening games.

“They’ve had a two week break and I am expecting them to come back refreshed and they should have too much for Louth who are really struggling. They haven’t won a game yet and are as good as relegated. They definitely seem to be gone back from a couple of years agom,” said the Dungloe man.