Wednesday 23 August 2017

Pat Spillane: This could be the end of the road for Donegal

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Eamonn McGee
Eamonn McGee

Pat Spillane

While it would be unfair to write off Donegal’s chances after one below-par performance, frankly I don’t see them winning the All-Ireland in 2015.

Their performance against Monaghan – particularly in the second quarter – was so unlike them. There was no intensity in their play and their shooting was uncharacteristically wayward.

After three tough matches they looked a tired team. They were tactically inflexible and one-dimensional and the bottom line is that when Michael Murphy struggles so does the team.

Having just come through a gruelling, four-match schedule in the Ulster series, which involved matches against three teams that played in Division One this season, they will probably have to beat Galway, Mayo, Dublin and possibly Kerry to win the All-Ireland.

Even at their peak I doubt if they would have been capable of that feat.

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