McElhinney just glad to be back in action after winter break

McElhinney just glad to be  back in action after winter break
The result may have not been to his liking but the Donegal captain for the day, Martin McElhinney, was happy to be back playing again.

The result may have not been to his liking but the Donegal captain for the day, Martin McElhinney, was happy to be back playing again.

He was also happy that a number of new additions to the squad got a run out and tasted senior football for the first time.

“It goes without saying it wasn’t the result we wanted but it was good to get back playing again and get the legs opened up,” said the St Michael’s man, who was wearing the skipper’s armband in the absence of Michael Murphy.

“We haven’t got a lot of work done. We are only back a couple of weeks. But it was an opportunity to get a run out and to give a number of new players game time and see what it is like playing at this level.

“And from that aspect I feel the game was a good workout as I also thought a number of the new lads showed up well.”

The St Michael’s man was happy enough with the first half performance and felt that they did not turn good first half possession into scores.

“We performed well enough in the first half but had an awful lot of wides which proved costly and then they enjoyed a purple patch in the middle of the half.

“They scored a goal and couple of quick points and we were chasing the game after that. They had their shooting boots on and we didn’t do as well; while both sides were experimental they had the more experienced team out.

“I was the only man on our team that played in the All-Ireland final while they had a number of well established and recognised first choice players.

“As I said we are not happy with the result but it was good to get the run out and give all the new lads their first game.

“I thought a couple of the new lads did well and if one or two of them can come in and break into the squad for the league that will be the big bonus.

“If you look at last year, Odhran MacNiallais made the breakthrough in the McKenna Cup and we all know the season he had after that.

“It is all about giving the new lads game time and building on the fitness and match sharpness of the more established players in the squad.

“That is what we will be hoping to do now in the games against Queen’s and Fermanagh and with the older players back training we should be in good shape come the start of the league.”