Donegal manager Ray Durack was very pleased with the Donegla display, especially after an indifferent first half.
“We battled well, but it seems to be a trend with us; we seem to be a second half team. It takes us a lot while to warm up, but once we get in front we seem to drive on.
“Overall, it was a great performance. I don’t like saying it but I felt the refereeing was very poor today. There were an awful lot of decisions that went against us. I know Eamonn well but I felt he had an off day today, but we had the win and that’s all that matters.
“In the first half we had chances and we didn’t take them. They took their chances and I said at half-time, we were working hard for our scores and they were getting their scores easy. I think we reversed that around in the second half.
“They won a lot of aerial ball uncontested in the first half and they were picking up all the breaking ball. They were punishing us for that. We closed it down in the second half.
“I knew coming in that this was going to be a difficult job and I felt after ten minutes that we were in bother.
“This time last year we had three defeats and we were treading water.
“Louth (who are up next in Letterkenny) will be no pushover either. But still they only beat Fermanagh by a point the last day.
“We are taking every game as our first game. We will push on for two more points.
“The fitness is carrying us. We are playing for the 70 minutes rather than 50 or 60. We are grinding it out to the finish.
“We know there are areas where we have to work on and there are men on the bench there ready to come in. Everybody is fighting for their place which is a good thing for Donegal hurling,” said Durack (pictured below).