A dejected Gary McDaid sat in a Healy Park dressing room and tried to come to terms with a defeat that brings the Donegal U20s to the end of the Championship road.
“Things just didn’t work out for us,” McDaid sighed.
“Last week, everything worked out for us. We were only beaten by a point today and we didn’t perform anywhere near the levels we’re capable of. We always talked about not under-selling themselves on a Championship day.
“It’s so difficult because they didn’t perform and didn’t fulfil their potential. Last week, they were unbelievable. It didn’t work out for them today. I can’t fault their effort and commitment all year; they’re leaving the camp better players.”
The cut throat nature of this Championship means that defeat ends the year for Donegal.
McDaid said: “It’s not easy, now. The work we put in was second to none. This wasn’t something we were ever thinking about; a speech to wish the boys all the best in the rest of their careers.”
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