Murphy delighted to have freshness of young blood

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Murphy delighted to have freshness of young blood

Donegal captain, Michael Murphy, who had a really good night at the office with very accurate place-kicking, was pleased that the game saw a number of new blood being introduced.

"The new look half-forward line have come through from good minor and U-21 sides and they will give us a freshness for the latter stages of the league.

"They have all come through after reaching the latter stages of their respective championships at minor and U-21 and that has stood to them.

"They are putting it up to us more senior boys," said Murphy, who feels that it has been something that the panel needed.

"They have brought added freshness to the team and that is something that has added value at the start of the year."

As for the game itself, Murphy felt the good start to the second half was very important. "To get the goals at start of the second half was a nice bonus."

Murphy was also very happy to see St. Eunan's Rory Kavanagh back on the field for Donegal. "He is a fantastic player and was the standout player in the Donegal club championship last year.

"He's a phenomenal man with a great work ethic and he is a real natural footballer," said Murphy.

"Everyone is delighted to have him back and he can make a big impact this year.

"A lot of the younger members of the panel will learn from him and that will also be a bonus," said Murphy.

With Donegal top of the Division One table after their 17 point winning margin, Murphy is just happy to get a good start. "It's great to have two points as the league can be full of ups and downs. We're just glad to get off on the right foot," he said.

DOWN MANAGER

Down manager, Eamon Burns, was in charge for his first ever league game and he felt the goal scored by Ryan McHugh at the start of the second half was the game changer.

"We felt we were in the game up to the concession of the goals, but after they got those goals, the game seemed to get away from us.

"We were unable to main our intensity after that," said Burns.