Colm McFadden, who scored a goal and three points of Donegal’s total felt that any doubts there may have been about whether or not Donegal had the hunger for another championship were well and truly answered yesterday.
“Questions were being asked of us after last year, do we still have the hunger. But training along with the players every Tuesday and Thursday and at weekends we knew that we had hunger. I think it was definitely shown in today’s performance,” said Colm at the final whistle.
He also felt the goals came at the right time and were the big scores in the game and were the difference between the sides.
“The goal came at the right time in the first half. Tyrone were in the ascendancy at the time and it was the same for Ross’s goal in the second half, if came at the right time too. They had just drawn level and had taken something of a grip of the game.
“They were both key scores and probably were the difference today and enough to get us over the line.
“We got off to a good start and went 0-4 to 0-1 up, and against a fairly stiff breeze. Every score in the first half was an important score and to go in two up at half-time having played into a good the breeze put us in a good position.
“We knew Tyrone was going to have a purple patch at some stage and they had it at the start of the second half and they kicked a few good scores and drew level.
“The second goal saw us pull away again, and we kicked on after that and scored another couple of points.”
The experienced McFadden was also very happy with the contribution of the replacements and is happy that Donegal have a good strong bench again this year.
“Mark McHugh and Karl Lacey are established and experienced players and they did well when they came on. But I felt that Ross Wherity, Martin McElhinney and Martin O’Reilly also did well and made significant contributions when they came on and it augurs well for the future and going forward in the championship.”
As for the competitive and physical nature of the game Colm insisted that it was no more physical or competitive than he had expected.
“It was a tough physical encounter. But you expect nothing else in Ulster and especially when playing against Tyrone. We were expecting it to be tough and we had prepared for a tough encounter and as we proved today we were prepared for it.
“People may have been saying that it was a high risk strategy putting all our eggs in the one basket. But no disrespect to the league, the championship is what it is all about and thankfully we are through and looking forward to an Ulster semi-final.”