Brian McEniff


Brian McEniff

Like all Donegal followers I’m feeling a good bit better this week after Sunday’s win over Cork in Ballybofey.

Like all Donegal followers I’m feeling a good bit better this week after Sunday’s win over Cork in Ballybofey.

It was a great win and fair play to Jim (McGuinness) and Rory (Gallagher), they played a blinder in the run in to the game and had us all guessing on whether or not they were going to play the two boys, Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden.

It was a master stroke, and the two boys Michael and Colm played a huge role in the win. Michael scored the goal after 12 seconds and also hit three points and while Colm was naturally a little rusty; he also had a fine game.

There is no doubt in my mind they are the best front two combination in the game at the minute. I also have to mention Karl Lacey for the punted ball in for the goal. It was the perfect delivery for a big man on the edge of the square. But overall Karl is simply a brilliant all-round quality footballer.

The good thing about Sunday’s win is that it brings us right back into the loop as far as the league is concerned. We play Kerry next and when you look at their line-up at present it would not frighten you.

I know Kerry are Kerry and are always a tough nut to crack, especially at home in the league, but their Achilles heel at the minute is at full-back.

They simply don’t have a full back at present and given our strength at full-forward we can certainly exploit that weakness in a big way and the plan on Sunday is to drop plenty of ball in on top of Murphy.

Now that we have got up and running and have a win under our belt there is no reason in the wide world why we cannot go to Killarney and get another good result.

It won’t be easy and I’m not for one minute going to suggest it is going to be easy as they are always a tough nut to crack because they are all good footballers. But it’s a game we can win and with Mayo in Ballyshannon a week later, we could find ourselves back in the mix in a big way in the next few weeks.

As I see it, my favourites to make the drop are Down and Laois, strangely the two teams that took the points from us.

With the two boys back and a number of other players also working their way back to fitness, things are looking a whole lot rosier than they were a few weeks ago following the defeat to Laois in O’Donnell Park.

I see the Donegal’s U-21s had a win over Derry on Friday night in a challenge game. It was their second win in-a-row after beating Mayo earlier in the week. Maxi is working away nice and quietly. They were due to play Sligo last night and play Galway on Wednesday night.

It is good to see the effort being put in because the have a tough draw and will face either Tyrone or Fermanagh in the championship. And no disrespect to Fermanagh, it will more than likely be Tyrone, who by all accounts are a formidable outfit and are the team to beat in Ulster this year.

I watched their seniors on Sunday against Louth and they are really going well and are serious contenders for honours this year. They have a right good mix of young and experienced players and they will, as the saying goes, take talking too in 2012.

In a strange way while there was two goals in it at the finish, it was in a strange game. Louth could have won. They opened them up a number of times and should have scored at least a couple of goals of their own. But their problem is that they simply could not put those chances away. I know people are saying it is early days yet and too early to be playing so well, but mark my words Tyrone will take stopping in Ulster this year.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.