O'Donnell outstanding for Donegal


When you have a forward that can notch 0-13, then you always have a chance in any game and Ste. Eunan's Niall O'Donnell is a special talent.

The minor captain certainly led by example and was also thinking of maybe another big championship day in Clones later in the year.

"It was a great team performance. It was great to be in Clones preparing for championship. It's the place you want to be come championship," said O'Donnell, speaking after the game.

"When we came to extra-time, the boys in the changing room, we realised we weren't tired. We had the fitness and we knew we just had to dig in deep and luckily enough we got a few scores at the start of extra-time.

"Eoghan (McGettigan) came back on and he made a huge difference. He scored two points and that was what we needed. We just retained it from there and it was great to win.

"They got a three point lead and it wasn't looking good. Things weren't tight at the back, but we chipped over a few points and we got a few frees and that got the nerves settled, because it is always a big day when you're in Clones, regardless of whether it's league or championship," said O'Donnell.

"A lot of these players wouldn't have played here before so it is very good to get a run out here. When we got the nerves settled, it showed and we got a great team performance there today."

Looking ahead to the final next Saturday and when told it would be another meeting with Tyrone, he smiled.

"It will be a battle again. The day in Ballybofey was messy enough. The bad goals at the start of the second half killed us. We would like to think we have tightened up at the back since. it was a learning curve for us," said Niall.