U-21 final defeat to Cavan was heartbreaking

U-21 final defeat to Cavan  was heartbreaking
First of all I don’t think I was as disappointed in a long time after a game as I was on Wednesday night, following the Ulster U-21 final in Armagh. I was really disappointed for Maxi, Rory Gallagher and the players. It was heartbreaking and there is no other word to describe it.

First of all I don’t think I was as disappointed in a long time after a game as I was on Wednesday night, following the Ulster U-21 final in Armagh. I was really disappointed for Maxi, Rory Gallagher and the players. It was heartbreaking and there is no other word to describe it.

I thought when Eoin McHugh kicked the point to extend our lead out to two, with only a couple of minutes remaining we had it won. I have to confess, the way the game was going I just couldn’t see Cavan scoring.

But then they got in for the goal and all of a sudden Cavan, who had only scored a point up to that in the second half, were a transformed side. They then tagged on three more points in injury time to win by four. By the way I don’t know where the referee got the three minutes injury time.

We had played them off the park in the second half and were all over them and the better team. Up to the time they had scored the goal, they had only scored four scores (1-3) to our eight. Four scores in 59 minutes.

It was a really battling and gutsy performance by Donegal in the second half. The boys certainly emptied the tank after half-time and all it would have taken is a little more craft and experience to have seen them hold on for the win,

There is no way big Buchanan should have been allowed to run through us like he did. He should have been stopped. We also had a couple of chances to push on after Eoin McHugh put us tow ahead, but again we didn’t have the experience and cuteness to close the game out.

Despite the defeat, I have to say I was immensely proud of the boys and their second half performance. However, there is no getting away from it we were very poor in the first half.

Ryan McHugh was our best player by a country mile and not only that he was the best player on the field. He is a very intelligent and gutsy player. I really like him as player.

Patrick McBrearty was double and sometimes treble marked and never really got going. The result apart the other downside for me from Wednesday night was that I can’t see many of them making the step up to the senior team.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.