Friday 18 October 2019

Bonner praises Donegal players after comeback

Donegal 1-19 Cork 1-12

Donegal manager Declan Bonner. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Donegal manager Declan Bonner. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Donegal manager Declan Bonner praised the response of his team as they came from five points down at half-time to overcome Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday.

Victory over a Rebels side on the brink of relegation means Donegal host Kildare next week with a chance of promotion to Division 1.

Jamie Brennan of Donegal in action against Ronan O'Toole of Cork. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Jamie Brennan of Donegal in action against Ronan O'Toole of Cork. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

"We can only control what's in our control," Bonner said, "we were coming down here to get two points and we did that.

"We now get ready for Kildare next weekend. Whatever happens elsewhere is out of our control."

Matthew Taylor's goal shortly before half-time helped Cork to finish the first half well and they led by six after Mark Collins' point soon after the resumption.

From there though, Donegal took over at midfield and Michael Murphy led the attack as they ate into the deficit, finally moving clear thanks to a pair of Niall O'Donnell points.

Ruairi Deane of Cork in action against Niall O'Donnell of Donegal. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Ruairi Deane of Cork in action against Niall O'Donnell of Donegal. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

With Cork finishing with 12 players after Ian Maguire and Luke Connolly were forced off injured and Mark Collins sent off, Donegal eased clear and made sure of the win as Jamie Brennan netted a late goal.

Cork go to Armagh next week with survival out of their hands. Nevertheless, manager Ronan McCarthy didn't feel that their wind-assisted half-time lead was too much for Donegal to overhaul.

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"While five points was a good cushion, there was no sense of it being insurmountable," he said.

"If we were five points down at half-time with that behind us in the second half, we'd have hoped to come into the game. They are a good side."

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