Eoin McHugh played his first 70 minutes of championship and despite the seven point victory over Fermanagh on Sunday, he found it tough going.
“I don’t know if it was as comfortable as the margin at the end might suggest,” said Eoin McHugh.
The Kilcar man was a late replacement for Leo McLoone on the side selected for the game on Friday, but he looked very comfortable throughout, driving at the Fermanagh defence in his usual way.
“It might have looked comfortable looking on, but it was a tight game especially the end to the first half and we were in bother going into the dressing room at half-time.
“Only for Mark McGinley pulled off a serious save from the penalty spot we would have been in serious bother at half-time.”
“But thankfully we dug deep in the second half with only 14 men. It was a brilliant team effort in the second half and it was great to be part of it.”
The game very much went to script early on as Donegal raced into a 1-3 to 0-2 lead after 12 minutes.
“The plan was to go out and blow them away early and when Odhran (MacNiallais) got the goal it put us four up and we were in control. I felt we had them rattled at that stage.
“But we sat back after the goal and allowed them back into the game. That happens sometimes in game with players picking up injuries and sendings off.
“But at half-time Rory (Gallagher) told us how we were going to play with the 14 men and thankfully we went out and did just that.
“Odhran’s second goal did seal it. It was a great goal. Days like this suit Odhran down to the ground; he was in flying form in training and it was a super strike and a goal and the whole build up makes it a great goal and really lifts your spirits,” said McHugh, who had missed out on much of the preparation because of a hamstring injury, but who is now very much in the plans of Rory Gallagher going forward.