Donegal really impressive in Cork win


Donegal really impressive in Cork win

It was an impressive display from Donegal. Their first touch was very good for the time of year and the young lads again showed up well.

That is the only way you can sum up that big win over Cork in Fr. Tierney Park, which stood up well despite the heavy rain.

Young Eoin McHugh again looked sharp and Ciaran Thompson made a good contribution. Up front Patrick McBrearty was hugely strong and played with his head up. I feel he is way more dangerous this year despite playing up front on his own.

Michael Murphy was like the Captain of a Ship around the middle. He is in great shape and his distribution was top class. It was good also to see Rory Kavanagh back and he had a good appetite, while Leo McLoone, Martin McElhinney and Neil Gallagher also came in with good effect.

We are shaping up really well. Peter Boyle had a fine game in goals and dealt with anything he had to and his kick outs were good too.

I would say we started with what was near enough our championship backline and Odhran MacNiallais was just outstanding at midfield. He really had his shooting boots on, but was pushed for man of the match by Eoin McHugh.

At this stage we have to be thinking of a league semi-final spot. We need to win our home games, but then there were some strange results with Roscommon defeating Kerry and Down only going down narrowly to Monaghan.

Donegal, I’m told, are heading off for four days of warm weather training next week and that will do them good, but for the first week in February they are in amazingly good shape.

Martin O’Reilly has really blossomed and took his goal really well. Cork are a relatively good side and 2-14 is a good tally against them.

But that said, there is a long way to go in the league yet and we should not take Mayo, our next game, lightly.

It is great that Donegal have been able to freshen things up and I was talking to Colm McFadden in the press room and he working hard on getting his appetite back. All in all we seem to be in good shape for the time of year.

Congratulations to our Ladies team, who had a big win over Laois in Moville. I know they had difficulty finding a venue for the game, but fair play to Moville for helping out. It is a difficult time of year to get venues.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Peter Campbell