It was by and large another good weekend to be a Donegal GAA supporter. The minor footballers won the Ulster Minor League. The minor hurlers won the Ulster Minor Hurling Shield and the senior ladies qualified for the Division Two, National League final.
They are all good wins and good to see and reflects well on the county and where we are in the scheme of things in Ulster and nationally.
The minors won the Ulster League for the third year in a row. The first time the county has done so which obviously bodes well going forward and is a testament to the good work that is being done at underage level in the county.
Congratulations to the manager Shaun Paul Barrett and his management team and to the players. Niall O’Donnell scored 2-4, the bulk of which was from play which is a great achievement on a personal level for Niall.
We have beaten Tyrone twice in the last three years in minor finals which further highlights the progress wen have made because Tyrone have been the benchmark over the last decade and more.
The U-17s were disappointing in their final. They suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Tyrone, which was something of a surprise given that they had looked very good against Monaghan in their last game and won well.
Teams can have off days and this is especially so at underage level. They should not read too much into the result. The important thing they learn from the experience and take it on board next year when they step up to minor.
It is great too see success in hurling and I’m looking forward to seeing how they fare in the Ulster A championship. Good luck to the manager Lorcan O’Toole and the players.
The ladies are playing well and were too good for Cavan,on Saturday, hopefully, they can go on now and win the final against Westmeath and win promotion up to the top division.
It is important for the development of the game in the county that we are playing against the top teams- Cork, Kerry, Dublin and Mayo.
We are very lucky that we have a very good crop of lady footballers at present.
Finally, this week, after watching Antrim against Louth, in the Division Four League final, Fermanagh are going to be our opposition in Ballybofey, in the championship.
*Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.