Donegal brushed aside the challenge of Cavan in poor conditions at Breffni Park on a scoreline of 2-14 to 1-8.
Just under 10,000 fans travelled to Cavan for the game with many still refusing to pay €27 for a covered stand seat.
Now that Donegal are on a roll with wins over both Antrim and now Cavan, fans may get behind their side when they face Tyrone in the Ulster Championship semi-final in just two weeks time.
However the big talking point of today’s game was the sending off of star forward Michael Murphy after just 13 minutes for allegedly striking his marker.
Despite Murphy’s dismissal, Donegal stuck to their task and were value for their 1-6 to 0-3 lead at the interval.
Although this was not a vintage Donegal display, there were several individual performances which suggest McGuinness is getting the formula right.
Although many may have thought his best football was behind him, Colm McFadden again put in a fine performance taking five fine points.
Goals from Patrick McBrearty and Rory Kavanagh and three points from Dermot Molloy made sure Cavan were never going to get back into this game.
But despite going behind to an early Cavan point, it was Donegal who made all the headway.
Cavan did try to rally a little in the second half with a goal from Brennan but they never had enough in the tank to trouble Donegal who also had plenty of strength on their bench.
Tyrone will be a different kettle of fish come two weeks time.
But post-match interviews had one notable thread running through them – nobody within the Donegal team was talking themselves up.
Others might believe the hype, but McGuinness is keeping his team’s feet firmly on the ground.