Mac’sView - Donegal really up for Tyrone

Mac’sView - Donegal really up for Tyrone
This was our best display for quite some time.

This was our best display for quite some time.

And early on in this match I remarked to one of the journalists in the press box that Michael Murphy has come here to play today.

He was simply phenomenal, his place-kicking was a bit like Maurice Fitzgerald, his leadership was exemplary and he was involved in all that was good about Donegal.

Michael was simply a joy to watch but he needs to watch his tackling.

He is so strong and it could cost us down the line.

But there were loads of other good performances in a match where we were simply far stronger and Tyrone were just not able to break us down.

One example was their midfielder Padraig McNulty who is a big strong lad but was turned over on four occasions.

But I also thought that Martin McElhinney had a superb game also as did Neil McGee, Odhran MacNiallais (especially early on) and Frank McGlynn was also outstanding.

And Ryan McHugh is scoring goals for fun these days

But overall this was as near a faultless performance as you will get and Rory Gallagher certainly put down a marker for the championship clash in Ballybofey in seven weeks time.

Now I know that Tyrone will throw everything at us on that date but I just can’t see where they are going to get the extra power from to really trouble.

They were just not able to break down our defence and were not able to stop Donegal when we attacked them at pace down the middle.

I thought we had a crispness and pace on the break that opened up the centre of the Tyrone defence, especially in the opening half when the foundations for victory were firmly laid.

We definitely have a physical advantage on them as well which is very important and I know that Rory and the boys won’t get carried away with this victory but it was a pleasure to be in Ballybofey yesterday.

I was sorry to see our hurlers go down to Mayo on Saturday especially after their fine display against Kildare on the previous weeks.

Donegal need to keep playing at this level for a few years to maintain their standards.

And it was truly tragic that Colaiste na Carraige came up a little bit short in their All-Ireland semi-final in Mullingar.

They could have won by all accounts but they are really a credit to Donegal football.

For such a small school their achievements have been truly wonderful.

They have set down a template for other schools to follow and if we had that template all over Donegal we would be unbeatable.

I was delighted for Fermanagh and my old friend Peter McGrath after their fine promotion victory in Wexford yesterday.

They thoroughly deserved it.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Gerry McLaughlin