Since we’re loved in national circles this weather, Donegal’s 0-12 to 0-10 victory over Tyrone didn’t go unnoticed and there were sprinklings of Jim McGuinness’s players in some of the teams of the week.
GAA website Hoganstand.com placed Paul Durcan and Ryan Bradley on their team, while the thescore.ie had the same duo, as well as Frank McGlynn and Colm McFadden.
Goalkeeper - Paul Durcan (Donegal)
Durcan’s injury-time save from Martin Penrose’s shot was the final act in an intriguing Ulster SFC semi-final and kept Donegal on course to retain the Anglo Celt Cup.
Right-half-forward - Ryan Bradley (Donegal)
Bradley’s 48th minute point gave Donegal the lead for the first time in Clones and he made significant raids on Tyrone territory as Jim McGuinness’ men got on top in the second half.
Goalkeeper - Paul Durcan (Donegal) – It’s not like his side to give up a chance having worked so hard to all-but advance but having been underworked throughout, he was still focused enough to pull of a brilliant save from Martin Penrose deep into garbage time.
Left-half-back - Frank McGlynn (Donegal) – Perhaps the most underrated footballer in the game at this moment. We’ve said it when he’s been on this team of the week before but he is why Donegal’s gameplan works as he carries ball and plays the role of many men.
Left-hand-forward - Ryan Bradley (Donegal) – The Man of the Match in Clones and that took some doing after a game of exhausting intensity and great discipline. Huge patience on the ball and always made the right move and played the right pass. Defended tirelessly too.
Left-full-forward - Colm McFadden (Donegal) – We’ve been critical of him before for being ponderous and one-footed but the change in his team’s style has helped him. But more than that, with the game on the line on Saturday, he stood up, took responsibility and won it.