Donegal’s corner back Eamonn McGee was handed the unenviable task of tracking Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy and did a marvellous job even though he was disappointed at the ending.
“I’m happy enough, even though I’m disappointed he got in for a goal. But listen, he’s a top quality player and I’m glad to get over him. But as I said the last day, it’s more important about Donegal than Eamonn McGee and who he’s marking. We got over Kerry. That was our target today and now we can sit down and set new targets.
“It was a crazy, crazy five or seven minutes. I hold my hands up, he just got a foot on me and we don’t do it easy up in Donegal. We have to make it tense.
“But we’re over it now and we will sit down and see what went wrong, because at the end of the day that performance there will not beat Cork,” said McGee afterwards.
However, like all the Donegal players, he was not getting carried away and knows that if they are to go further they have to improve.
“We kind were saying that it couldn’t be anyone else but Kerry that would come out of the hat. We were delighted actually to get them. We worked hard and there was pressure to get over Kerry, even coming into the last hour before the game, I thought I was past getting nerves, but there were still nerves for me. It was a big game.
“Them younger lads have been brought up on the big occasion; young Paddy McBrearty and Michael Murphy. At the end of the day, Donegal are not used to the Croke Park occasion, but hopefully that wil change in the next few years. It took a wee bit to adjust to the fact that it was Kerry in the championship in Croke Park, but the lads put the head down and we got the result.”
As for the next challenge: “I just seen wee flashes of the Cork game and by all accounts they were good. They way we have progressed through the championship was that the next team was the target, get over them and prepare for the next team. We will get the recovery session tomorrow morning and then sit down for Cork and plan for the next three weeks.
“But overall I’m delighted with today,” said McGee.