Frank McGlynn was disappointed but had no complaints about the outcome of yesterday’s final clash with Monaghan.
It was the performance, or more so, the lack of it, that the 2012 All-Star found most difficult to take on board when it was all over.
“It is a disappointing result and performance when you look back on the game. But you have also to give a lot of credit to Monaghan once again,” said McGlynn.
They did well in the first half. They kicked six or seven long range points which we could do nothing about.
“It was one of those days when everything went right for them and everything they hit in the first half went over. You get days like that; on another day it might not happen for them. But to be fair to them, they got them and they deserved them all.”
It all had gone so well for Donegal early on with Patrick McBrearty and Colm McFadden clipping over two quick fire points in the opening two minutes.
“We got off to a great start and went two up and were unlucky to concede a 45 for them to get their first score. If we had gone three or four up who knows the game might have gone differently.”
He also felt tactically Monaghan had got their match-ups and tactics spot on.
“They seemed to suck us forward and then hit us on the counter attack and when they ran at us we weren’t able to do anything about it. They tactic seemed to work well for them,” said McGlynn.
Despite playing poorly and being three points down at half-time Frank insisted there was no sense of panic in the Donegal dressing room at the break.
“We were only three points down at half-time and we felt quite positive as we were going to have the breeze in the second half.
“And we were back in the game when Michael scored from the penalty even though we had lost Rory (Kavanagh) at the time and it was always going to be an uphill struggle with 14 men.
“But the real sucker punch came when they scored their goal to push their lead out to four points. Before they got the goal we had a chance and we missed it and worse still the ball did not go dead and they worked the ball up the field and the ball ended up in the back of the net.
“Realistically, the game was gone after that and there was no way back for us and it was pretty comfortable for Monaghan after that. We have to just go away now and get ready for Derry and the championship.”