Donegal are ready for McKenna Cup

Donegal are  ready for McKenna Cup
Donegal defender Eamon McGee was not reading too much into the result but was just glad to be back playing football again.

Donegal defender Eamon McGee was not reading too much into the result but was just glad to be back playing football again.

The Gaoth Dobhair man was one of a number of regulars fielded by Jim McGuinness in Donegal’s final challenge before they begin their Dr McKenna Cup campaign next Sunday against Tyrone.

“It was a good workout from the point of view of it is good to be getting football at this time of the year,” said McGee, who deputised for his brother Neil at full-back.

“It is a big change from this time last year when we were heading to Dubai on our holidays. But it was good from the point of view that it was a run out and an opportunity to get our intensity levels up.

“I know it is not up to the level of where we want to be and what is required down the road for both the McKenna Cup and the league. But it is a start and from that point of view it was a good workout.”

And while he was pleased that his side had won and won comfortably in the end, he was not into over analysing the game.

“It is difficult to analyse a game like that and we are not going to analyse it too much as to who played well and who played poorly. As I said, it is just a matter of getting the run out and shaking off the cobwebs and getting the legs going again.”

While he accepted that Donegal’s good start and early goal gave them a cushion, he also felt that the sending off of Donal Shine, was a big turning point in the game.

Shine received his marching orders ten minutes into the second half, shortly after Roscommon had reduced the Donegal six point half-time lead to two points. The Roscommon number 14 was shown the game’s only black card.

“I must admit I smiled to myself when it happened because I always thought I would be one of the first players to go to a black card.

“But thankfully, I have escaped so far. But yes the sending off had a bearing on the outcome and certainly the margin. He is their main scorer and was after kicking three or four points for them.”

On the black card Eamon said: “Personally, I don’t agree with the black card. I think it is going to be very frustrating for players and very difficult for referees. It is going to make things a lot more difficult for referees and put them under even more pressure than they are already under.

“But the rule is there now and we are just going to have to accept it and get on with it.”

Eamon also feels that Donegal are in much better shape and better prepared than they were heading into last season.

“We have a few good solid weeks’ work done and we’ve had the couple of challenge games. We have also brought in a number of new lads and overall we are in much better shape than we were this time last year for the start of the Dr McKenna Cup.”