Donegal may not have responded to Armagh in the way “we wanted when the questions were asked”, but experienced defender Frank McGlynn knows that this team have still something “in the tank”.
Donegal were staring into a stark abyss of defeat in the 68th minute as Armagh led by a point and seemed set to pulling off a major upset.
But cometh the crisis, cometh Micahel Murphy (yet again) with a marvellou sleft-footed point and suddenly it was a draw.
Padraig McBrearty then hampered over another deadly “left hook” a minute later as victory beckoned.
But Tir Conaill had to endure two more late Armagh frees that fell agonizingly short.
For McGlynn, that late burst was the sweet smell of redemption, on a day when Donegal’s lack of leg power was apparent.
“I thought that at the end when we were a point down that we did very well to claw ourselves back into the game and get the one point lead.
“But indeed Armagh still had chances to equalize but we just managed to snuff them out.
“ Our experience stood to us at the end and for both Michael and Padraig’s points, we did not snatch at those chances.
“We waited and did not snatch at those vital chances and I suppose that is a sign of our experience”.
Donegal were totally dominant in the third quarter but hit eight bad wides, something they will have to work on before a very searching test against Dublin on August 31.
“We did not take our chances we had them but I suppose you could also look back at Armagh in the first half when they were on top they did not take their chances either.
“It was much of a muchness for both teams but we are just glad to get the victory”.
But he was adamant that Saturday’s display was nowhere near the levels of 2012 at the same stage.
“There’s no doubt about that as we were very disappointed with the level of our performance but just very glad to get the victory and move in three weeks time to an All-Ireland semi-final”, he added.
But when asked what Donegal was doing better in 2012, he said;
“I suppose our overall pace of the game was probably a bit better than we showed against Armagh.
“We lacked a bit of pace in the first half but recovered in the second half and got on top around the middle of the field an got a few scores to go ahead.
“But fair play to Armagh they pegged us back and went a point up and it looked for a while that we were not going to make it.
“Somehow we managed to push on and get the winner.”