Donegal hopeful over Michael Murphy fitness after ‘precautionary’ withdrawal in demolition of Down

A fast guidelines, after which we are going to transfer onto the meaty stuff.

A 16 level win for Donegal. Check. Away from residence. Again, verify. Michael Murphy’s hamstring ‘tightening up’ and requiring his substitute after half an hour. Check. The humble soundbites and preparing for Derry in two week’s time. Check.

Right. Now. The grown up stuff.

Down have been going out right here on their residence patch, fielding a workforce that was pretty uncooked. Over his three Championship seasons, supervisor Paddy Tally estimates he has given Championship debuts to no fewer than 25 gamers.

That sort of participant turnover shouldn’t be solely unsustainable, however results in avalanche defeats reminiscent of this. There have been 16 factors in it on the finish however actually if Donegal have been being ruthless about it, they may have surpassed Down’s document defeat within the Ulster Championship, 19 factors towards Monaghan in 2016.

Given the widening gaps in video games elsewhere over the weekend, none of this was a Bueno Vista for the GAA President Larry McCarthy, attending his first Ulster Championship match in his new function. The previous saying that anybody can beat one another in Ulster on their day is more and more hole.

“I’ve been saying it for years, the system is flawed in so some ways and even the very fact that there’s a large hole within the high quality of the groups however the system would not go well with aggressive soccer,” mentioned Down supervisor Paddy Tally afterwards.

“I’m hoping the GAA sits down and realises ‘you have to change,’ in any other case what we may have extra gamers deciding ‘will we wish to be a part of this?’ ‘Is there any likelihood of successful something?’

“‘Do you wish to achieve success?’

“Because now it’s attending to the stage the place it’s totally tough to rebuild and we’re discovering that as we speak.”

While Tally doesn’t consider in scrapping the Provincial Championship, he believes it needs to be separate from the All-Ireland collection.

“We’re speaking right here about this being a fifth sport of soccer and that is us achieved for the 12 months. Five video games of soccer for the quantity of coaching you do,” he said.

“That’s six-and-a-half hours of aggressive sport for the quantity of labor put in. It would not make any sense to be placing gamers via that and giving them so little alternative to play.” 

Donegal supervisor Declan Bonner didn’t have interaction within the debate, as an alternative stating their focus switches now to a quarter-final towards Derry.

“All we want to is Derry in two weeks’ time. That’s my foremost concern now. The preparation begins instantly for us and we all know that it’ll be a formidable process. Derry did extraordinarily effectively within the National League and we’re wanting ahead to that.”

And he’s hopeful he will probably be doing it with Michael Murphy in his line up after he was taken off as a precautionary measure.

“Michael simply tightened up. I don’t assume he has achieved any further harm. I’ll return inside and converse to the medical workforce. We’ll get him assessed.

“He was going effectively during the last week or ten days in coaching and he began effectively. He tightened up and we simply took him out as a precaution. Michael is about lengthy sufficient so he is aware of when he has to come back out. We acquired him out on the proper time. He needs to be okay.” 

Still although, will he really be okay in two week’s time?

“It’s a special Championship and there are solely a few weeks for restoration,” mentioned Bonner.

“We simply completed the National League two weeks in the past towards Dublin so the video games are coming thick and quick. Injuries don’t get a lot of an opportunity. Before this, you might need had 4 weeks. We’re fairly hopeful that Michael will probably be wonderful.”

They have been spectacular in spurts right here, beginning effectively and leaping right into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead after six minutes.

While Down discovered their method again into it considerably, they have been hampered by a collection of predictable kickouts from goalkeeper Rory Burns that landed in the identical spot each time with Donegal extra geared up to take the ball out of the clouds.

One try at a brief kickout from Burns left Caolan Mooney in trouble. His marker Odhran McFadden-Ferry dislodged the ball, Jamie Brennan swooped in and though he took too many steps, referee Maurice Deegan waved play on and he crashed to the web to create a 9 level hole.

Brennan was on as a substitute for Murphy after the half hour and with out their non secular chief, as soon as once more Patrick McBrearty stuffed that management function, capturing 1-6 with the purpose coming with Down lengthy gone.

The second half was all about self-preservation for Donegal however with all six beginning forwards on the scoreboard earlier than the break, the gulf in high quality between the groups was startling. One can solely assume that Derry have a larger deal with on themselves to present them a sport in a fortnight’s time.

Tally wouldn’t be drawn on his future with this Down workforce, explaining, “I used to be requested to come back in on a three-year time period and that’s the three years completed as we speak so that may be a dialogue I’ll have with the county board in time and the remainder of the fellows however there isn’t any choice in the mean time.” 

The 60-second report

IT MATTERED: Kickouts are presumably a very powerful space of research a workforce has now. And Down merely couldn’t range theirs with Rory Burns going lengthy to his left hand facet each time. Donegal flooded the world with larger our bodies than Down’s, and some went out over the sideline. When they tried to go quick, they have been caught for the primary purpose of the sport simply previous to half-time.

CAN’T IGNORE: The Ulster Championship is shedding its lustre. And groups are shedding the need to play with no backdoor obtainable.

SIDELINE SMARTS: Down got here with a plan to stifle Donegal and sit deep, nonetheless in creating free males in their very own defence, they allowed Ryan McHugh and at instances Niall O’Donnell free roles. McHugh’s three first-half factors confirmed up the folly of this concept.

MAIN MAN: Patrick McBrearty emerged as the primary chief for Donegal through the league and Michael Murphy’s absence via harm. Declan Bonner mentioned his transfer to stay again residence has paid dividends for his soccer.

PHYSIO ROOM: Michael Murphy mentioned afterwards to reporters in regards to the left leg that was bandaged up with an ice pack: “Aye grand, not too unhealthy. Hopefully it’s not too unhealthy. Just a wee little bit of tightening up there.” Elsewhere, Declan Bonner mentioned he expects to see Odhran MacNiallais, Oisin Gallen and Daire ÓBaoill all again coaching come Tuesday evening.

MAN IN BLACK: Maurice Deegan made a few odd calls, particularly awarding a mark when it wasn’t, then blowing it for a throw-up ball. Allowed too many steps for Jamie Brennan’s purpose. Perhaps the late name up on Friday caught him unawares.

WHAT’S NEXT: Donegal head on for Ballybofey and what could possibly be a tasty match towards neighbours Derry who seem like rising from a stoop. Down are achieved for the 12 months.

Scorers for Down: B O’Hagan (0-8, 0-3 frees, 1 mark), L Kerr (0-2), 1 free, C Mooney (1-0), D O’Hagan (0-1).

Scorers for Donegal: P McBrearty (1-6, 0-2 frees) R McHugh (0-4) M Langan (0-4, 1 free, 1×45) J Brennan (1-1), P Mogan (0-3), M Murphy (0-2, 0-1 free), C Thompson, N O’Donnell, E McHugh, E O’Donnell, C O’Donnell (0-1 every). 

DOWN: R Burns; P Fegan, G McGovern, G Collins; P Laverty, D O’Hagan, D Guinness; C Mooney, R McEvoy; L Kerr, C Doherty, B O’Hagan; C McCrickard, L Middleton, C Quinn.

Subs: D Savage for Middleton, S McConville for McEvoy (each 42), J Guinness for Kerr (46), C McCartan for Fegan (55), Ok McKernan for McCrickard (59).

DONEGAL: S Patton; B McCole, N McGee, S McMenamin; R McHugh, O McFadden-Ferry, EB Gallagher; H McFadden, C McGonagle; C Thompson, N O’Donnell, M Langan; P McBrearty, M Murphy, P Mogan.

Subs: E McHugh for McCole (26), J Brennan for Murphy (29), E O’Donnell for Thompson (52), C O’Donnell for N O’Donnell (55), P Brennan for N McGee (63). 

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)

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