Sunday 22 April 2018

McFadden: We can't dwell on Kerry pain

Donegal captain Hugh McFadden. Photo: Sportsfile
Donegal captain Hugh McFadden. Photo: Sportsfile

Donegal captain Hugh McFadden says his team must get over the fact they were undone by a clear "double hop" as Kerry staged a dramatic point to deny them a share of the poils in Killarney.

A look at the television replay clearly shows that substitute Daithi Casey clearly bounced the ball twice against Donegal who, by then, were down to 13 men.

They lost midfielder Nathan Mullins after an-off-the-ball clash with Brendan O'Sullivan, while team-mate Tony McClenaghan and Kerry's Gavin Crowley were sent off on two yellows in injury time.

McFadden has no doubts about Casey's infringement but insists that Donegal should not have been in that position. "It was a double hop, but we have to look at that. It is our own fault as we should not have let the situation arise," he reasoned.

"But I suppose there was nothing really that we could do about the referee's decision. It is never nice to lost a game in any situation. But we are bitterly disappointed after a huge effort in Killarney."

But McFadden said the county would try and look at the positives from this salutary lesson for Bonner's young side who were without the services of Michael Murphy, Neil McGee, Frank McGlynn, and Martin McElhinney.

"We will just have to look at the positives where we did not panic when we went behind and lost Nathan.

"I thought we showed great composure and guts to come back and really take the game to Kerry. And we will have to take those lessons and apply them against Galway (in Letterkenny) on Sunday."

The Tribesmen dumped McFadden and his troops out of last year's championship by handing out a heavy beating to them in Markievicz Park, and the Donegal captain admits that it will be in the back of players' minds.

"Galway beat us comfortably in the championship last year and there is still a lot of pain from that defeat.

"But, in saying that, it is a new year and a fresh start. And we will be hoping to put in a massive performance and hopefully that display will be enough to win us the game."

Irish Independent

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