McGuinness praises Donegal and empathises with ' brilliant' Armagh

May 13, 2024

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness with Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney after the Ulster final ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness heaped praised on his players after their dramatic Ulster SFC final penalty shootout win.

He also empathised with opponents Armagh, saying his 'heart goes out to them' after they lost their fourth big knockout game on penalties in just two years.

"It's hard to get the head around that," McGuinness said in an interview with RTÉ.

"Just immensely proud. The group of players have come in and put their heart and soul into it, coming from a low base on the back of last year. They've come together and worked hard.

"Everything that's been asked of them the last couple of months, they've responded to it very well. I'm just delighted we're in the winners' enclosure at the end of all that drama.

The Glenties man also showed true sportsmanship to Armagh after their latest penalty shootout heartbreak.

"My heart goes out to Armagh," he continued.

"It's very difficult for Armagh and they were brilliant today, they threw everything at it, they had immense talent, skill, will, hunger, everything, they asked so many questions.

"Thankfully, we were able to hang in there at times and respond ourselves, which we've done really well over the course of the last number of months.

"Heartfelt commiserations to Armagh, they are a brilliant team and they will be back."

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