Donegal manager Stephen Friel had urged his side to get a good start to the league and hoped that winning would become a good habit. Obviously he was very happy with the way things turned out in their first round win overe Fermanagh under the lights in Convoy on Thursday night.
“We’re absolutely delighted with that. I think they performed really well, right throughout the team, even the subs that came on, the team wasn’t weakened in any way at all. It’s great for a manager to have 32 players like that, putting in the effort. It’s all you could want, all 32 pushing for positions and we’re not carrying any passengers and you seen that tonight,” said Friel.
“We hope that there’s a wee bit more in the tank. At this stage we’re only training once a week and we would like to think there’s a lot more in us. I know this is the first competitive game and in the competitive environment you learn a little more about the players. It’s not like a challenge game where you are constantly making changes. I’m certainly delighted. The scoreboard makes for good reading,” said Friel, who knew that Fermanagh were short the St. Michael’s lads. “But it’s the old cliche, you have to beat what’s put in front of you. They have some good footballers there but I don’t think we allowed them to play.
“We were missing a few lads as well, John Rose, John McGarvey, Darragh Mulgrew, all fellas that are potential starters in this team and none of them were available tonight.
“The players that went out tonight know none of them are guaranteed their jerseys. There’s an awful lot more in the tank and we hope we can only get better.”