Fermanagh will be no pushover

Donegal defence will lock down their attack 

Fermanagh will be no pushover

D-day is upon us and our chance to show our wares for the first time on the championship stage when we face Fermanagh on Sunday next in Ballybofey.

The first game of the championship season is the one that GAA supporters, up and down the country, long for and we are no different here in Donegal.

Donegal will go into the game as favourites and are expected to win but we need to be just a little wary.

Fermanagh come to Ballybofey with a game under their belts. They beat Antrim, 2-12 to 1-6, in a preliminary round tie, three weeks ago in Brewster Park. I was at the game and they, for all intents and purposes, won the game in the first half. They led 0-9 to 0-2 at half-time and looked good and sharp in that first half, but Antrim were very poor.

Antrim did improve in the second half and when they did there was not all that much between the two teams.

Peter McGrath is the Fermanagh manager and they are well coached and playing to orders and are a decent enough side.

They are strong in the middle of the field where team captain Eoin Donnelly is a fine footballer and they have two danger men up front in Tomás Corrigan and Sean Quigley. Corrigan and Quigley do the bulk of the scoring for them which I feel is a weakness.

If they are held as I feel Neil McGee and Paddy McGrath with do next Sunday, it is hard to see where their scores will come from. And that is why I feel we will have too much for them. But we just need to be wary; if our attitude and frame of mind is right I feel we will have too much in the chest for them.

We have a good defensive system from the time that Jim McGuinness was there and if we stick rigorously to that system and lock down at the back, I don’t think they have the forwards to unlock us.

And if Michael Murphy and Patrick McBrearty get any sort of a half decent supply and Ryan McHugh and Odhran MacNiallais produce their A games, then we will prevail.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.