Thursday 25 December 2014

Murphy: We need to be at our best to see off Antrim

Published 21/06/2014 | 02:30

Michael Murphy believes Donegal must be wary of Antrim tomorrow, and says they will pose a 'massive challenge' to his side. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Michael Murphy believes Donegal must be wary of Antrim tomorrow, and says they will pose a 'massive challenge' to his side. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Donegal star Michael Murphy has warned that they could be turned over by Antrim tomorrow if they produce anything less than their best.

Murphy referenced the 2009 Ulster championship defeat to the Saffrons, branding it a "low point" of his county career to date and insisted that Liam 'Baker' Bradley's side showed some good form in their win over Fermanagh.

"People forget that whilst Fermanagh got a couple of scores, Antrim out-scored them 1-10 to 0-1 at one stage," Murphy said. "I don't care whatever team you are playing, any team that does that in football or hurling are always going to pose a massive challenge.

"I'm sure they will be coming to Clones seeing it as a chance to get to an Ulster final, I suppose we will see it as an opportunity too."

Jim McGuinness' side saw off a resurgent Derry in their championship opener and while some pundits believed Donegal were getting back to the kind of form that won them the All-Ireland in 2012, Murphy still thinks they have work to do.

"A lot was said about the second half, going back to 2012 and that, but you'd like to think you're evolving a bit as well," he said. "We tried that as well in 2013 and it probably didn't work, in terms of the outcome of some games.

"You're always trying to evolve, if you only play defensively you stand still. Look at Gaelic football over the last number of years, from ultra-defensive to the attacking football now. You have to keep up with that, no matter what team you are, or what way you play.

"You're not just in it to play one game. Like we overcame Tyrone last year, and we did it this year against Derry, but that's all it is, one round. There are no medals in the back pocket. So it's all about the chance to get to another Ulster final. There's no chat of August or anything else. We'll be giving Antrim every bit or respect."

Irish Independent

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