'We are still in the championship' - Gallagher

'We are still in the championship' - Gallagher
Tom Comack sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Donegal are back in harness and preparing for their All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier against Cork on Saturday week in Croke Park.

Rory Gallagher got his squad together on Tuesday evening for the first time since Sunday’s narrow Ulster final defeat to Tyrone, in St Tiernach’s Park, Clones.

Donegal will train again tonight (Thursday) and over the weekend

“We got the boys together yesterday evening for a chat and a light workout,” the Donegal boss told the Democrat, who admitted he was still coming to terms with the disappointment of losing Sunday’s final after coming so tantalisingly close to landing a ninth Ulster title.

“We didn’t do much really, just a couple of runs to loosen up the legs again.

“Everybody was back and apart from a few bumps and bruises and a number of niggly injuries we picked up, we had no major injuries in Sunday’s game.

“It has been a difficult couple of days to get over the defeat. But that is behind us now and it is a matter of switching our focus and getting our heads around Cork and the challenge they will provide.

“We know them fairly well. Like ourselves they have been around the latter stages of the championship in recent years.

“We have met them twice in the championship in recent times and we have met them a good few times in the league so we have a fair idea what they will bring to the table.”

Cork suffered a shock defeat to Tipperary in the Munster championship but they have bounced back in the All-Ireland Qualifiers.

The defeated Limerick 2-12 to 0-10 in round 2B and they followed that eight point win with a six point, 2-9 to 1-6 win, against Longford last Saturday in Pearse Park, Longford.

Donegal and Cork have only met twice before in the senior championship. Those meetings were in the 2012 All Ireland semi-final and the 2009 All-Ireland quarter-final.

Donegal, under John Joe Doherty, suffered a ten point, 1-27 to 2-10, defeat in 2009, while three years later, in 2012, with Jim McGuinness calling the shots and Rory Gallagher by his side, Donegal avenged that defeat on their way to All-Ireland glory.

Donegal won that game 0-16 to 1-11, in what was a brilliant game of football.

“People are saying Cork are no great shakes. But that is not how we see them. They have played a couple of games and should have the defeat well out of their heads at this stage and we are preparing for a formidable challenge. It certainly is not going to be easy.

“We may be disappointed about Sunday, but it is a matter now of moving on and the bottom line is that we are still in the championship,” said Gallagher.