Christy Toyle chuckled when asked if he was still a Garth Brooks fan in the aftermath of the Donegal-Armagh game on Saturday.
Under the Cusack Stand, Christy replied: “I’m not after he didn’t play. I’m never listening to hime again,” he quipped.
Toye was listed as a Brooks fan in a player profile when he was 16-years-old.
I don’t think he was too worried about Mr. Brooks on Saturday as he was part of a Donegal team that put one over on Armagh.
“It was a very tough game but nothing more than we expected. I suppose Armagh proved during the summer that they progressed as a team.
“Maybe we didn’t perform to the best of our ability but you have to give a lot of credit ot Armagh for forcing their game on us. Lucky enough we dug it out in the end and showed a bit of character,” said Toye.
Asked about theDonegal goal by Odhran MacNiallais, he said: “It was a brilliant finish, on the near side of the goalkeeper which is a very difficult thing to do. It was a great finish but we didn’t really kick on.But at the same time it was an All-Ireland quarter-final, it was never going to be easy anyway.”
The St. Michael’s man felt they could have done better in the third quarter.
“We moved the ball well but our shot selection may not have been as good as usual,” said Christy, who felt that Armagh under Kieran McGeeney and Paul Grimley were always going to make it difficult.
However, he felt the scores at the end were very good points. “They were a couple of great scores from Paddy (McBrearty) and Michael (Murphy).
“We haven’t looked behond the next game over the four years and it will be same now,” said Christy, when asked about the last few years under Jim McGuinness.
Toye felt the goal for Armagh was almost a big turning point and got them back in the contest.
“It broke back off a post and hit Papa. They worked the ball in well to be fair andit got them back in the game,” said Toye.
For Toye, however, it was a satisfactory result as the St. Michael’s man had suffered torment at the hands of the Orchard men throughout the Noughties.
Now one of the veterans of the team along with his clubmate Colm McFadden, they have the chance to prepare once again for an All-Ireland semi-final with the Dubs onb Sunday, August 31st.