FRANK MCGLYNN PAID tribute to Donegal’s young attackers following their 2-20 to 1-15 Ulster SFC preliminary round win over Cavan.
McGlynn played centre-back in the victory, which sets Donegal on their way to an Ulster SFC quarter-final against Derry at Celtic Park on Sunday, May 27.
Frank McGlynn on the attack during Sunday’s win over Cavan. Photo: Evan Logan
While Patrick McBrearty and Michael Murphy chipped in with a combined total on 0-10, McGlynn praised the young guns who have given Donegal’s forward line a new dimension.
McGlynn said: “Michael Langan, Jamie Brennan, CiaranThompson– they are adding big time to the forward so they are. It’s definitely a positive, and you still have the likes of Patrick and Michael that’s going to cause danger for any defence. It’s positive when you can spread that weight of scores around all six forwards.”
As for McBrearty, McGlynn said the first of his four points on 59 minutes set Donegal on their way to victory, while Murphy’s position, he believes, is for others to talk about.
“Patrick settled us with a point and we pushed into gear again after that, while with Michael the debate is about where he plays but no matter where he is on the pitch, he has a massive role and a massive influence on the team. We are just blessed to have him on our side.”
The high-scoring nature of the contest was, for McGlynn, something his team can be pleased about although admitted that more solidity might be required for later in the championship.
He added: “The one big positive is the scoreboard at the end of the game. Our six forwards that started today showed how dangerous they are, and we had half-backs popping up with a couple of points too.
“The one thing looking back at the game is that we probably played in fits and starts. We opened up a seven-point lead in the first half and we were probably disappointed that there was only four in it at half-time.
“We took our foot off the pedal a little bit so we will have plenty of things to work on heading into the next game with Derry. It kind of ebbed and flowed, and the times when we did get on top, we did make it count on the scoreboard.
“We would be disappointed with the scores we gave away, and it was more of a case, of us ourselves making errors to give Cavan the opportunities. That’s something we need to brush up on.”