The game very much went to script according to Christy Toye, who turned in another big performance in the half-forward line and ran Odhran MacNiallais close for the man of the match award.
“It was a very tight game in the first half and we knew coming here that Antrim were going to put it up to us and in fairness to them they did in the first half,” said the St Michael’s clubman.
“I know we won it well in the end but it was only in the last ten minutes or so that we pulled away and I suppose just like the Derry game, it was the few points and the goal at the start of the second half that set us up for the win.
“We got off to a good start but they came back at us and hit a few good scores but it was no less than we expected from them. They have some very good players and especially a number of very good forwards and as we know with all teams we knew they were going to get their spell and it was a matter of containing them as best we could when they were on top,” said Toye.
“And I think we achieved that and when we upped our game in the second half and we pulled away and I suppose it was comfortable enough in the end.”
Despite being on level terms at half-time Christy still felt the game was very much within Donegal’s grasp and it was just a matter of stepping up the tempo and pace in the second period.
There certainly there was no raised tones in the Donegal dressing room at the break and there was no one reaching for the panic button,
“The only thing that we were not happy with in the first half was that we missed a lot of chances and dropped a lot of balls into the ‘keeper but we always felt if we kept plugging away and putting in the work the scores would come. Thankfully, we did up our game in the second half and the scores flowed.”
The Creeslough man modestly admitted that he was happy with his own game again after a couple of seasons dogged by injuries.
“I’m taking every training session as they come and keeping the head down and training hard and hopefully making the team for the next game. That is how I’m approaching my football nowadays and thankfully it seems to be working for me. I started against Derry and I got the nod again today against Antrim.
“It is a matter now of keeping head down and working hard again in training over the next few weeks and hopefully I’ll be in the team again for the Ulster final.”