Neil McGee to take time before making any decisions on future

Neil McGee to take time before making any decisions on future

Donegal veteran defender Neil McGee was disappointed with Sunday's defeat to Tyrone because he felt Donegal were in a good enough place when four up well into the second half.

The three-time All-Star, who had just played his 66th championship game on Sunday to set a new Donegal all time record, also acknowledged that the Tyrone bench made a big contribution to the turnaround.

“It is hard to pinpoint really where we lost it until we analyse it but we seemed to be in a good enough place well into the second half,” said McGee.

“We were four up 15 minutes into the second half while they just were tagging on points; we were keeping our noses ahead and I still felt we were in a good enough place.”

But Harry Loughran's goal on 61 minutes was the big turning point as the Red Hands also hit three unanswered points prior to that from Lee Brennan, Padraig Hampsey and Kevin McGeary.

The goal propelled Tyrone into the lead for the first time in the second half as they led by two.

“When they scored the goal we went from being one up to two down and after that we had to come out to chase the game and I suppose that left gaps at the back.

“Their bench made a big impact, they scored 2-5 and that was the difference really.”

The first half had gone to plan for Donegal and they led 1-6 to 0-6.

“The plan was to keep it tight in the first half and we felt if we did that we had the forwards to score.

“And that is how it panned out and we got the goal before half-time and we felt we were in a good enough place at half-time.

“We always knew Tyrone were going to come at us in the second half but we kept them at bay and I felt we were in a good enough place and they got the goal that turned the game.

“Once they went ahead we were forced to come out and then they turned us over and kicked some good scores. From then on we were chasing the game,” said McGee.

The Gaoth Dobhair man said it had been a difficult season for him.

“I had a few injuries during the year but I had been lucky on the injury front and you have to take it you will pick up knocks and injuries from time to time.”

As for the future, McGee said he is not looking too far ahead.

It is a matter of now going back to his club and contemplating his future in a Donegal jersey.

“We’ll go back now to the club and I’m sure we will meet up in time and analyse the season and see where we go from here,” he added.

And as for his own future in a county jersey, he said he will sit down and have a chat with Declan Bonner before making any decision about next year.