Disappointing week all round

Defeat of U21s was hard to take

Disappointing week all round

It's been a disappointing week with the seniors, U21s and our hurlers all losing.

The defeat against Tyrone in the Ulster U21 semi-final was a hard one to take. We'd played so well in the first half and should have been further in front at half time. But we hit eight wides in the first half and that came back to bite us later in the game.

The sending off of two of our players in the second half was also a serious blow. Most sides would find it hard to recover from that, and when you're playing the All Ireland champions, it was never going to be easy.

I'm disappointed for Declan Bonner and his team. I had real hopes for them this year and I thought if they could keep the run going in the championship, it would be a big plus for the county in general. But alas, it was not to be.

The manner of the defeat in Monaghan yesterday was also hard to take for the seniors. Donegal hadn't been behind in the entire game until that winning score at the finish.

It's worth noting that while we enjoyed a good start to the campaign, our three wins came against Down and Cork - two teams who have been relegated - and against a Mayo side who came good towards the end of their campaign.

Still, it's good to be in another league semi-final. We play Dublin now and I think the venues and dates for the semi-finals will be confirmed on Monday. It's always nice to get back to Croke Park, but it would be nice too if we got to take on the Dubs away from Croker and maybe play them in somewhere like Breffni Park.

Mind you, no matter where the game is, when you take on Dublin, our boys will always lift their game and I'm sure it will be no different next weekend.

It was good to see Frank McGlynn back in action yesterday and hopefully, we'll have Karl Lacey and Colm McFadden back in shape too before too long. Big Neil (Gallagher) has a back problem, and hopefully he'll be available soon as well.

The hurlers were beaten by Wicklow in Newry on Saturday. It's been another difficult season for them but they've another play-off now to prepare for and hopefully they can manage to stay up in Division 2B.

Well done to the Donegal Ladies team and their manager, Michael Naughton, who won in Kildare yesterday. It was another great result for the team and long may their great run of form continue.

Brian McEniff was
in conversation with
Diarmaid Doherty