Eamon McGee gave a blunt assessment of Donegal’s 0-12 to 0-10 loss against Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn.
Although Donegal started well they lost they way for a spell and that enabled the Munster champions to press ahead and get the two points. There were some positives in the defeat but the Gaoth Dobhair defender didn’t think there was any judicial miscarriage.
“Cork were the better team,” he said. “I was saying that to the fella I was marking there (Barry O’Driscoll), myself and Paul Durcan. Had we managed to get a result there it would’ve been a travesty. We were played off the park there and we did a lot of stupid things. We will have to just sit down now on Tuesday night and see where we’re at.
“Things started well but we were patchy and that’s where we are at right now. We have to be positive of course but we’re also going to have to be realistic. It’s all a learning curve and we realise we’ve to do a bit of work to restore our fluency to get back to where we were last year.
Donegal, despite the reversal, did have three decent openings for goal. Ross Wherity saw two efforts saved by Ken O’Halloran, while Eamon’s brother Neil also got into a promising advanced position before Cork cleared in the first half.
“We had goal chances and it was a bit like the Tyrone game where we had the same before we lost Michael Murphy. We had goal chances there and it’s very frustrating when you see that. It gives the other team a lift. We didn’t drop our heads. We kept going and going but did silly things. We’re not going to press any panic buttons.”