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Gilheaney takes the positives from loss

NOT a day for small talk in Dublin 5. As the rain kept tumbling down following the final whistle, Paul Gilheaney (pictured) sought shelter.

The Dublin interim manager had just seen the Dubs lose to a very impressive Donegal in their second league assignment.

He had no complaints. "Donegal were the better side on the day. There's no argument there," he reflected.

"They produced a very focused performance. They crowded midfield and they made it very difficult.

"It was a tough match for us, but that's what you expect at this level. There are no easy games in Division 1, and it will be the same next week against Laois.

"We are disappointed with the result. We couldn't impose ourselves on the game, but it's all about learning and progressing.

"We made eight changes from the team that beat Meath last week, so things take a while to settle.

"From our point of view, it's all about looking at as many players as we can. And those that came in today performed with credit.

"The conditions were appalling for both sides. Maybe in the last 10 minutes we got a bit tired.

"Donegal have obviously been together longer than we have, but the girls did their best out there, and that's all you can ask.

"It's not going to happen overnight. We'll keep going. And the main thing is that Dublin are heading in the right direction."