Declan Bonner was disappointed to leave Croke Park empty handed today.
Donegal lost by four points as Dublin won by 2-15 to 2-11 in Croke Park.
Despite having good spells in the game, the Donegal manager was disappointed with the result and hinted at the period of the game where they lost it.
Declan Bonner told TG4 after the game: ” It was disappointing we didn’t get anything out of it, we started the game well and the first 20 minutes I thought we were in control of the game, but the period before half time, the second quarter, I think that’s where we lost it.
“The lads battled on in the second half but Dublin always had that margin of three or four points so it was always difficult to break it down.”
“We created an awful lot of chances, I think we kicked 7 wides in that first half, some of the shot selection probably wasn’t good enough but some of our attacking play we felt was okay but ultimately Dublin are Dublin and (they had) a lot of the experienced boys come back and kicked crucial scores at vital times during the game but we’ll get ourselves ready for a big match against Armagh next Sunday.”
With Donegal, Tyrone and Kildare all on 5 points and Dublin and Monaghan on 4 points, it’s all to play for next week with all five teams in danger of relegation.
Donegal host Armagh at O’Donnell Park in the final game followed by the Championship quarter-final against the same opposition.
Bonner added: “We’ll have to take one game at a time and we still have a lot of bodies to come back in for the Championship and some of these young lads have got great experience playing in Croke Park against Dublin today.
“We’ll get back up the road this evening and get ready for what’s going to be a big match in Letterkenny next Sunday.”