The Doc’s Prescription - Donegal Deserved Winners

Patrick McBrearty fires over a point for Donegal as Bryan Sheehan looks on in Croke Park on Sunday. Photo Thomss Gallagher 0708TG75
Patrick McBrearty fires over a point for Donegal as Bryan Sheehan looks on in Croke Park on Sunday. Photo Thomss Gallagher 0708TG75
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Although the final score displayed just a two points difference, Donegal’s Gaelic footballers were by far the superior side in Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final tie against Kerry.

Indeed, had Kieran Donaghy’s goal been ruled out for a “square ball” as it should have been, then the scoreline would have more accurately reflected Donegal’s overall superiority.

I held the view that Donegal had to start brightly and that’s exactly what they did do as Kerry looked sluggish and slow.

Colm McFadden opened with a point after just two minutes and then he added a goal - with an alleged assistance from Michael Murphy - four minutes later as Donegal literally tore into a hesitant “Kingdom” side.

Derry’s near neighbours maintained their blistering pace to lead at half-time on a scoreline of 1-4 to 0-5.

It was then up to Kerry to respond in the second half and they did that when posting the opening score of the second half, a long range effort from Anthony Maher, but this Donegal side boasts superb physical conditioning and is mentally tougher that previous county sides.

Donegal again took the game to Kerry before opening up a six points gap.

No team can maintain that high level of intensity for 70 minutes and, as a result, Kerry gradually crept back into the game as they realised their All-Ireland hopes were rapidly fading.

In the end, the better side won and it was a deserved victory for a team in tip top shape, playing for a management team who got it tactically right.

Many congratulations to Donegal and, of course, to their dedicated team boss, Jim McGuinness who now leads a team with genine All-Ireland credentials this season.