Gaoth Dobhair tall half-forward Michael Carroll says the four weeks to Donegal’s All-Ireland minor semi-final will pass very quickly.
Carroll was speaking after the Donegal minors booked a date in Croke Park at the end of August.
With the school holidays also finishing at the end of August, the Gaoth Dobhair man is looking forward to playing at headquarters in Dublin.
“It will put in the weeks for us now and hopefully we can then get into an All-Ireland final,” said Michael.
Carroll was full of praise for his clubmate, Cian Mulligan, who was outstanding in the win over Roscommon, hitting four points from play
“Cian was very good today. He has been good throughout the Minor League,” said Carroll.
Asked about the encounter with Roscommon in conditions that were not very conducive for good football, Michael said:
“It was difficult enough; it was slippery, but we were very rash on the ball. We went for passes that weren’t on and we took shots that weren’t on. There’s a lot to work on now. We are on our way to Croker, so we need to work on that,” was the summary of the game from big Gaoth Dobhair man, Carroll.
Asked about having to play against a system that had a wall of men behind the ball inside the 45m line, the Gaoth Dobhair man summed up the game very well: “It was a hard, scrappy oul game. That was the long and short of it. It was a bit like we had to be patient.
“Our defence was outstanding today, every one of them. They sneaked in a wee goal but that was down to a bit of sloppy play from us.
“We have a lot to work on. It probably wasn’t our nicest performance all year, but we got there in the end. And that’s the main thing,” said Carroll.
The next stop is Croke Park and that was the great reward for this team according to the Gaoth Dobhair man.
“None of us have played in Croke Park before and that’s what you dream of when growing up. Hopefully, we don’t leave anything behind. Whether it’s Cork or Dublin, we have four weeks now to prepare for them so hopefully we leave everything on the pitch,” said Carroll.
With six Gaoth Dobhair men on the panel, there will be plenty of banter going to and from training for the next four weeks and hopefully after Sunday, August 31st, the training schedules will be extended for another three weeks to take in All-Ireland final day!