Once the final whistle was blown in Fr Tierney Park on Sunday, Donegal wing-back Frank McGlynn’s thoughts had already turned to the Allianz National League.
Donegal, who led by seven points at half-time, held on for a narrow 0-12 to 2-5 win after a storming second half comeback by Fermanagh.
Despite the one point victory, it was the Erne men who advanced to the semi-final and last night’s showdown with Cavan in Kingspan Breffni Park.
“We were very pleased with the first half performance and going in with a seven point lead,” said Frank McGlynn afterwards.
“But the second half did not go so well and we certainly have a lot of things to work on after that second half performance.
“In fairness to Fermanagh, they have more work done than us and were fitter and finished strong.
“They upped their performance in the second half and indeed but for some wayward shooting they could have easily left with the victory.
“Unfortunately, we did not qualify for the semi-final but given the tight schedule of games and the league only two weeks away, it may have been a blessing in disguise that we did not qualify for the semi-final.
“After the second half we have plenty to work on so it is a matter of going away and preparing for the start of the league and Derry in Ballybofey.”