• 11Jul

    McGrath and Donegal ready for Galway

    By Frank Craig

    Paddy McGrath believes that Donegal are slowly gaining confidence as they progress but admits that a wounded Galway are another step up in their Round 4A Qualifier clash.

    That encounter with the Tribesmen has been fixed for Markievicz Park, Sligo, Saturday week, July 22.

    McGrath was taking in his club side Ardara’s All-County League clash with Naomh Columba on Sunday as Roscommon were simultaneously relieving Galway of their Connacht title. After, he admitted Galway will be looking to take out their frustrations on Donegal when they clash in a fortnight’s tome.

    “Galway will be hurting after that,” he said. “They’ll have the two weeks too to regroup so we know they’ll be ready. It’s a big two weeks now for us too. Just like yesterday (Saturday), It’ll be another really tight game.”

    As for Meath and Donegal’s one-point win over the Royals, McGrath agreed that it was a much-improved performance from the side’s previous outing against Longford.

    He added: “There was a big step up and a big improvement from our performance from last week. It was a good, hard game – a good championship game and I’m sure the crowd enjoyed it. I’m very pleased with how the boys reacted.

    “The atmosphere was very good. It was scandalous that we conceded a goal right after getting a goal. That gave Meath a ticket right back into the game. The goal had just given us a wee bit of breathing space but conceding shouldn’t have happened. We’re just going to have to take the learning from that to the next game.

    “The character of the young fellas, to keep up that pace, especially in that heat. The boys that came off the bench today again did the business and we needed that at that time. They raised the performance levels as well.”

    Like Ryan McHugh before him, McGrath backed up the Kilcar dynamo’s opinion that McBrearty was “phenomenal” for the winners at the weekend.

    He continued: “Patrick was brilliant, phenomenal. Credit to him, what a great score. Fair play to him for putting it over the bar. He took it on and got his rewards. It’s good we have them options up front. Credit to them up front because it’s not easy for inside forwards nowadays.

    “Teams set up so defensive so forwards have to wait their turn and hold their shape. Getting into winning ways is what we wanted. That’s two good results after a bad defeat. We’re going to try and build on that in the next couple of weeks before we prepare and get the legs right.”


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