Donegal’s tactics prove superior

Jim McGuinness celebtated with his team members after defeating Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park yesterday. Photo Thomas Gallagher  2708TG110

Jim McGuinness celebtated with his team members after defeating Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park yesterday. Photo Thomas Gallagher 2708TG110

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‘Derry Journal’ columnist, Joe Brolly wrote an excellent article in Friday’s edition of the newspaper, making the point that nowadays it was the best team that usually won and not necessarily the best players.

He explained this by saying that tactics and fitness now played a big part in the game.

And nowhere was this better illustrated than Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final between Donegal and Cork.

All the pundits favoured Cork and talked about the quality of their players while Donegal did their talking on the pitch and came with a clear tactical plan.

Cork, on the other hand, seemed to believe that their sheer physicality and better footballing skills would win out.

Donegal stuck with their plan and Cork ran out of ideas and were defeated more comprehensively than the two point margin suggests.

A brilliant, disciplined display which rightly and deservedly sees our near neighbours in this year’s All-Ireland Final.

For me, in a great team display Colm McFadden, Karl Lacey, Mark McHugh and Michael Murphy stod out.

This Donegal team has clearly arrived and has answered all their critics in the best way possible.