McGee and Murphy commend panel depth

Michael Murphy, Donegal gets the pass away against Drew Wylie of Monaghan.

Michael Murphy, Donegal gets the pass away against Drew Wylie of Monaghan.

Neil McGee insisted revenge was never a motivation after Donegal’s seven-point win over Monaghan sent them back to the top of Allianz League Division Two.

Last July, Malachy O’Rourke’s team were surprise Ulster champions with a resounding 0-13 to 0-7 win over the Donegal side – who were chasing their third provincial title in succession - managed by Jim McGuinness.

In Letterkenny yesterday, Donegal were comfortable winners with Odhran MacNiallais and Colm McFadden the first half goalscorers.

They remain on maximum points – with a home fixture against Meath in Ballybofey on Sunday – following earlier wins in Laois and Galway.

“It’s another game and another good performance and that’s all we wanted.,” McGee said.

“There was no talk about revenge or anything like that. The boys looked hungry and that’s a positive. It’s good to get three from three.”

With O’Donnell Park heaving close to capacity with 6,500 making their way through the turnstiles, McGuinness’s side laid down their marker early with two goals in the opening 18 minutes.

“The young lads did well and they’re very hungry,” McGee added. “Competition within the squad adds to that hunger and boys push hard. Look at the bench, there’s Neil Gallagher, Patrick McBrearty, Eamon McGee and Marty O’Reilly. If you’re not performing then they will just take you off.

“It was always going to be a physical game against Monaghan there and we probably matched them physically.

“We over-ran them early and it’s a good result for us with Meath at home. The support was great again today.”

Michael Murphy, the Donegal captain, was also a content figure after the win in Letterkenny in front of 6,500.

The Glenswilly forward was again praiseworthy of Donegal’s support on the day.

“It was nice to get the game won as it was a game we were looking forward to having played the first two games away from home,” he said. “The Donegal support has been fantastic this year. We seen it away from home in Laois and Galway and we saw it again there today.

“As I say, it starts Match off nicely and it’s a big month with a lot of big matches coming up.

“There was a funny breeze that we seemed to play against in both halves but it’s nice to get goals.

“Odhran MacNiallais has been absolutely flying of late and you could see that with the composure he showed to take his goal.

“It was the same with ‘Brick’ (Dermot Molloy) and Colm McFadden. ‘Brick’ could easily have pulled the trigger himself but in fairness he saw another man in a better position for goal. We’re lucky there’s such good competition for places in a way.

“There’s a hell of a lot of battle for places and the team is being picked on what’s happening at training.”


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