McHugh’s thoughts are on final day

Mark McHugh’s thoughts had already turned to the All-Ireland final and an end of September clash with either Dublin or Mayo.

Mark McHugh’s thoughts had already turned to the All-Ireland final and an end of September clash with either Dublin or Mayo.

And the Kilcar man, who turned in another trademark lung busting performance, sweeping up in defence, also drove forward to fist a crucial first half point.

“It is something we are looking forward to now and enjoy. We’ve had a brilliant summer and it is fantastic to be looking forward to an All-Ireland final and playing football in September,” said Mark.

“We are in the final now and we are there to compete and hopefully there to compete big time. We will train hard and prepare well for whoever we have to meet over the next four weeks.”

In the lead up to the game there was a lot of talk and speculation on how Cork were going to play McHugh and that they were going to send a man out to go man to man with him.

However, he insisted that such speculation does not bother him and that his preparation centres around his own game and getting it right on the day.

“When I go out to play I have a job to do for the team and whatever job I’m given by Jim and Rory I try to do that to the best of my ability and I just concentrate on my own performance and my own game.

“That was all that was in my head all week. All the speculation did not bother me; my main concentration was on how I was going to contribute to the game and that is what I did and whatever was going to happen was going to happen.

“They did push up on me a wee bit, but the rest of the boys helped me out and we are through. I had to adjust and push up for kick-outs and probably as a result I wasn’t able to get back as quick as I normally would but the boys covered for me and they did not cause us too much danger inside.

“They played more a possession game out around midfield and the boys out around midfield and the half-backs contained that and really did a brilliant job.

“But it was a real team performance out there today and it is brilliant to be through to an All-Ireland final.

“Now that we are in the final we are going to have to up another level or two again Dublin or Mayo which ever of them it is are going to present us with a whole new challenge.

“But we are going to have to be ready for that and hopefully push on and win and All-Ireland.”

Whatever lies ahead, the Kilcar man has had a great summer with Donegal and that is extended now into the autumn and he has a chance to emulate his father, Martin, and take home an All-Ireland senior medal.