This was a fine display by Donegal in their win over Monaghan. It was payback time and we took our revenge. It was a great start with the two goals and we were the much more comprehensive side.
Some of the shooting in the first half was a bit wayward and when we were six points up, we should have been ten or eleven points up, but that said, the game was always in hand with two goals. Odhran MacNiallais scored a cracker of goal for the first goal. It was just one out of the textbook and gave a very good all round display.
Darach O’Connor came on in the second half and was very sparky and was very strong on the ball for a young lad. It was good to see Patrick McBrearty come on in the second half and contribute a couple of points.
Conor McManus was their main scoring threat but he was well held by Karl Lacey. Monaghan were getting a lot of ball in around the box but they started with some inexperienced players who were neither physically or mentally up for the battle.
They made a better effort in the second half but the game was always in hand and our goalkeeper was never really tested. We always had that two goal cushion. Jim ran the bench well with subs and it was a very comprehensive performance.
The scoreboard probably didn’t reflect our dominance but to have six points from the three matches is great.
Now we have a another home game coming when we face Meath next in MacCumhaill Park. They’re not going particularly well, which is unusual for a Meath side. If we keep our feet on the ground, which I don’t see why we couldn’t, we will be well in line for promotion.
Plus we didn’t use Eamonn McGee so the squad this year seems to be stronger than heretofore.
I have to comment that these cards being used are confusing to the players, definitely the sideline and sometimes even the referee. It makes it a stop/start game which is not very satisfactory from an onlookers point of view.
I wish to send my condolence to the Carroll family on the recent death of Francie Carroll in Derrybeg.
Brian McEniff was in conversation with Eamonn McFadden