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Donegal U-17s brought back down to earth says manager Gary Duffy

Gerry McLaughlin

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Donegal U-17s brought back down to earth says manager Gary Duffy

Gary Duffy - Donegal U-17 manager

Disappointed Donegal minor manager Gary Duffy candidly admitted that Tyrone had brought his charges down to earth after last week’s facile victory over Fermanagh.
The Buncrana man also pointed to a number of basic errors that would have to be stamped out if they are to gain honours this year.
“We were turned over a lot in their own 45, especially in the second half and that was very disappointing.
“We did start brightly in the second half and were five points up at one stage and thought we might kick on, but we only managed three points in the entire second half which is disappointing.”
He added: “But we seemed to stall but it is still league and not summer time yet and there is a still a lot of work to be done.
“And maybe after last week’s heavy victory, this will bring us down to earth a bit.
“We must realize that there is a lot of work to be done.”
“And we made some primary school errors out there today, our game management was poor, kicking ball straight into Tyrone hands and there is only one outcome from that and that is punishment.”
Donegal only scored 0-3 in the entire second half as Duffy acknowledged.
“Not enough to win matches we were not putting the ball in enough and we were very laboured and waiting for things to happen which did not happen out there.
“That is disappointing because that is not the way we send them out to play.
“And we had a few wides which, had they gone over the bar would have made quite a difference.”
“Yes and we picked up quite a few knocks Dylan Doran, Shane Monaghan and Eoin De Burca and then Senan Rooney was carrying an injury also.”
So this was a firm lesson in the sad school of experience.
“Yes there could have been an odd ego or two from last week, but we were grounded and that’s what we needed.
“We are well aware that the MacRory boys from Omagh are missing and they will add to their panel and they are a strong squad.
“But we just have to focus on our own game.
“Tyrone will probably top the group and we just have to get ourselves ready for Sligo and Cavan.”
He added: “We are looking for a bit of bite for the championship, there was no edge in that second half.
“Winning games gives you the edge," said Duffy.