Donegal wing-forward Mark McHugh was very pleased to be back in a second Ulster final, but was not totally happy with the Donegal display against Tyrone on Saturday.
“We’re delighted to have kept Tyrone scoreless for more than half an hour but we’d still be disappointed with our performance in some parts of the game, especially in the first half, and being 6-5 down at half-time.
“But we can look forward to an Ulster final and hope we get it right for that,” said McHugh.
The Kilcar ace acknowledged that Saturday’s game against Tyrone was a step up from their first two games in the championship. “It was. We always knew Tyrone would be a big battle. They are a class team having been about for ten years. They were four points down with a few minutes left but we knew they would not lie down. Our hearts were in our mouths and thankfully Paul (Durcan) pulled off a great save and we live to fight another day,” he said.
In what one of the closest games of the championship this year, McHugh felt it was a real game of cat and mouse, especially in the opening half.
“It was nip and tuck. Both sides were trying to figure each other out. We were playing against a wee bit of a breeze in the first half and we kept it tight. Tyrone were set up so well it was very difficult to get past them. We couldn’t seem to find that bit of speed to get through. Thankfully, it was better in the second half,” said McHugh, who felt that fitness was not a factor in the game.
“It was just our ability to take scores in that vital period in the second period,” he said, mentioning Colm McFadden and Ryan Bradley, who kicked two great points at a vital period.
But he warned that Saturday’s display would not be good enough for the final. “We have the club championship next weekend and then we will focus on Down,” he said.