'I'm proud of them' - John Molloy

Naomh Conaill's Dermot Molloy is hoping that manager Cathal Corey stays on although there are whispers that he may not be at the helm in 2011.

Naomh Conaill's Dermot Molloy is hoping that manager Cathal Corey stays on although there are whispers that he may not be at the helm in 2011.

"We have to go back to the drawing board. It is still the dream to win an Ulster championship," said Dermot Molloy.

"You can give men like Oisin McConville chances like that. They will punish you. We are bitterly disappointed. We really worked hard in last few weeks in the snow and everything and Cross were the better team at the end of the day congratulations to them.

"We were really honoured to be here and representing Donegal. But it was not to be our day. We came here to win. We didn't come to march behind the band or whatever; we came to play football but unfortunately in the second half it didn't work for us.

"We have been ahead in most games this year. But Cross are so good at what they do. They play football very simple and we didn't play simple football in the second half. Our balls in were bad and our kicking was bad and overall in the second half we just didn't perform. We didn't create that goal chance that we needed. We have to take it on the chin.

"Give us a few days and our spirits will be back up. We will look forward to the the U-21 championship and the New Year," said Dermot.

The full-forward was high in his praise of manager Cathal Corey. "He's worked very hard at my game, himself and Jim. I have come a long way since Cathal came in and he's a great man.

Unfortunately we don't know if he will stay after today, but please God he will because he's a legend of a man," said Dermot.

‘I'm proud of them' - John Molloy

Naomh Conaill mentor John Molloy, while disappointed at the end, felt his side had done Donegal proud on the day.

"I felt we lost our shape a bit when they got their man sent off. We couldn't seem to find the man we had spare. They seemed to be picking up all the breaks.

"The scores were level at that stage, but they can hold their heads high. They were up one of the best teams in Ireland and it's a learning process.

"They are a young team and the experience will stand to them. We hope that it can help all other club teams in the county and that they can pick it up from there. Hopefully there will be better competition in Donegal. Maybe our own championship is a wee bit loose and it needs more competitive games.

"But it was a great journey for this bunch of players and I'm very proud of them, of every one of them. They are a great bunch, so they are," said John.

They owe us nothing - McGuinness

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness felt his former clubmates did the county proud in the final. He also felt that the sending off really worked against the Naomh Conaill side.

"It was fantastic, they way they controlled the game for long periods and dictated the play. It was very, very disappointing. They talk about it in soccer a lot, that when you score, you are vulnerable. The sending off kinda worked that way for us. When we went a man up, they hit us for a goal.

"I think that Jamie Clarke's goal was sheer class. I wouldn't put it down to inexperience. It came from a switch of. It is a phenomenal learning experience for this team. They don't owe us anything. They have given us a fantastic year and the whole club, the town and the county can be very proud of them.

"They are a very young side and hopefully they can take the experience and use it in the future," said Jim.