When you’re a substitute ‘keeper you should always be ready to be called upon and Michael Boyle got one of the quickest ever calls on Saturday night.
When Paul Durcan picked up a cut on his ear trying to deny Cormac Costello the opening goal for Dublin, Boyle was in for his first league action since 2010 (against Kildare).
Initially Boyle went in as a blood sub, but as he said afterwards: “I think he got a slap on the side of the head, too,” said Boyle, who said the medical people were a wee bit concerned about that.
“It was nice to get in there, but not in those type of circumstances. You don’t want to see one of your fellow team members getting hurt. It was a tough enough game in the end up. I think the Dubs were really up for it after last summer,” said Boyle, who agreed there was little he could do to stop the second Dublin goal.
“I think we went up the field and maybe there was a foul on Paddy (McBrearty). They caught us on the hop and McCaffrey had just come off the bench and was fresh. He got through the line and he struck it well, in fairness to him.”
Boyle was very solid while on the field, making one stop low down from Denis Bastick and taking a number of balls under his own crossbar.
“I thought I could have done better with the low shot. I could have held on to it and they got a score from it after (45). In the second half I suppose I did alright,” said Boyle, who felt that the Donegal boys around the midfield make it easier for him, winning ball and kick-outs.
“It is everybody’s dream to play in Croke Park. I was delighted to get in there. I would have played there last in the 2009 semi-final. But in the end, it is disappointing to lose the game. We got a great start last week. But to be honest we played well for long spells of the game tonight,” said Boyle, who will now join his 2014 panel members on their holiday to Dubai next weekend.
“I think the plan for Dubai is to be sensible. We have a couple of sessions planned, so it is not really a celebration holiday like we had when we won the All-Ireland.
“There will be a couple of the backroom staff there. I would say we will be training most days. It is nice to get the break, but at this time in the middle of the season we will have to take it fairly serious,” said Boyle.
The Termon man’s last league game came five years ago against Kildare under the management of John Joe Doherty.
“On a personal level it’s nice to get the opportunity because you put in a lot of work on the training ground.
“Rory has been doing a lot of work with the goalkeepers this year and is very intererested what goalkeepers bring to the table,” said Boyle. “Mark Anthony (McGinley) is there as well so the competition is hectic at the minute.”