Ryan Bradley gave a sterling man of the match performance against Derry last evening and like a buzzing bee, he seemed to be involved in so much of the Donegal attacks.
His work rate was super efficient and he was significantly involved in the all important first goal. It is not the first time that the Buncrana club man had earned the plaudits after receiving a similar accolade against Antrim in the first round of the championship last year and he was one of nine players that actually raised an umpire’s flag last evening.
He told the paper: “It was a good enough performance. Derry would have been disappointed, the had a couple of player coming back and probably weren’t back to themselves fully, but we are happy enough with our own performance.
“Probably the last day with picking up an injury, I would have felt that I didn’t have my best game, so I was happy enough with my own performance today, but I must say that I was much happier with the overall team display.”
He said that he was a little surprised with the dominance that the Donegal team had in the second half, but he felt that Derry lost the drive after the second Donegal goal.
“I suppose Derry dropped their heads a wee bit, especially after the second goal and we seemed to move on from there.” On training at present, he reflected: “It heads’ down each week and training is going well at the moment. We can now turn towards Tyrone and an Ulster semi final, which as he says himself “is as big as an Ulster final itself.”
“They are probably the best footballing side in Ulster at the minute and the way they play at the minute, they are hard to beat so we will have to knuckle down now and train for that,” he said.
He said that a second Ulster Championship for Donegal is not difficult when it comes to motivation. “I do not think there is any problem with motivation for this team, but it may be a case of people’s expectation are a lot higher than ours. We are just taking each game as its comes and not looking at an Ulster title.”