Barrett happy with second half performance

Barrett happy with second half performance

Donegal manager Shaun Paul Barrett, was pleased with the outcome and to be still in the race for league honours. But there were aspects of the performance that he was not over enamoured with.

“The boys played very well, particularly in the second half,” said the Donegal boss.

“But we weren’t happy in the first half. We didn’t work hard enough and we didn’t execute the shots well enough. But they worked hard in the second half.

“We scored the goal early on but we didn’t really build on it. That was disappointing, because we were making runs and making chances, but we weren’t clinical enough with them.”

But coming on the back of a poor showing and a two point defeat by Tyrone in Ballybofey last time out there were more positives than negatives on Tuesday night, in Celtic Park.

“We were disappointed with the Tyrone game and the way it went and we were anxious that we wouldn’t be as poor tonight. The lads knuckled down and made sure it didn’t.”

The towering Jason McGee turned in a man of the match performance at midfield but there were top class performances right through the team.

“We went out to work hard. Big Jason (McGee) is a super player and Peadar (Mogan) is a little gem. They are good lads, and again the wing-backs worked very hard – Aiden (McLaughlin) and Odhran (Shiels).

“Odhran came in tonight and he had a super game. The lads worked hard up front too, and we’re delighted with the result.

“The team is changing all the time. We’re looking at ways to play and we had boys missing tonight as well.”

Barrett is still working on finding his best formation and was short a number of key players on Tuesday night.

“Four of the fellas that started against Tyrone were not available. Seaghan Ferry was a minor last year, but he is injured at the minute, and he will be fighting for a place. Daniel Lyons has picked up an injury. Nathan Boyle – who was also a minor last year – is injured and he will be fighting for his place when he comes back. We have another great lad in Shane McGrath who couldn’t play tonight.”

Donegal travel to Antrim on Saturday for a place in the league semi-final and a meeting with either Armagh or Monaghan.

“We need a result against Antrim, and if we get the result we want, we’re into the semi-finals.

“We want to stay in the league and make the semi-finals, because you will be playing better teams in that as opposed to the shield.

“They’re all good teams in Ulster, but you would think that the better teams will get through to the semi-finals. That’s where we want to be.

“We’re not out until the 29th of May in the championship which is seven weeks from this Sunday.

“That seven weeks will roll on quite quickly now. We’ll be playing this Saturday, and if things go to plan we’ll be playing the following two Saturdays as well.

“But at the minute, we’re just taking one game at a time. Our aim on Saturday is to get over the line.”