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Paddy kicked some big points and it was great to see young Mulligan bag another goal when introduced. He is brilliant at sniffing out goal scoring opportunities and lethal at dispatching them. It was another peach of a finish today.
On the negative side of things we have away far too many scoreable frees to Derry so we'll need to tighten up there. But all in all moving well and notching big scores. Tougher tests lie ahead but the signs are promising.
Those who attended the earlier match were treated to a playmaking masterclass from Niall O'Donnell. 1-12 he scored today. A brilliant prospect!
Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 6037 - 27/05/2018 22:31:11 2104411Link 0 0
Niall O'Donnell was different class but great to see Jason McGee back and played really well. The team has some of the cogs of the 2016 minors but given the prominent players from that side not available or involved you would have to be very impressed. Just a shame the stupidity of the timing of fixtures will deny most supporters not seeing them next week.
panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 1478 - 27/05/2018 22:43:25 2104423Link 0 0
Derry need to learn to use the full width of the pitch and stretch the opposition defence to enable us to get runners in behind. Too many times to day we drove at the heart of the Donegal defence and coughed up possession. In the latter stage of the 1st half we trailed by 3 and had an easy scoring chance which we missed and within the next couple of minutes Donegal tagged on 3 points. Instead of possibly going in at halftime 2 or 3 points down we were 6 down.
Playing with the breeze in the 2nd half I though Damian would have introduced James Kielt, never happened. Liam McGoldrick made a positive impact as did all the subs but in all honesty I think today we lost the game because our tactics were wrong, bad shot selection and we only had two players from the starting 15 on the scoresheet, not good encounter at intercounty level.
I am going to finish by heaping praise on Emmett Bradley. He is having a great year, our best player throughout the league and carried his form into today's game. He's had his critics over the past number of years but he is now showing his true potential. If Emmett continues to progress he could become a serious player for Derry over the coming years. I hope we get a decent draw and build momentum through the qualifiers because it could reall develop some of the younger players.
The return of Niall Loughlan, Niall Keenan and Ciaran McFaul would be a bonus but I am not too aware if the trio have returned from their travels.
Not to downbeat but optimistic.
Poor Derry support today but unfortunately I feel that is the norm now. People have their reasons whether valid or not it's not up to me to comment. However, the greed for money from the Ulster Council and the GAA I feel is keeping supporters away, the tickets are way too highly priced and with the introduction of charging U16's has just added to the cost. Why not introduce discounted family tickets to help families who want to go to the matches but have to prioritise financial resources thus meaning they cannot afford to pay the current over inflated ticket prices.
OakGael (Derry) - Posts: 290 - 28/05/2018 02:22:14 2104488Link 0 0