DARREN O’LEARY always had eyes on the quarter-finals, even if Sean MacCumhaills did make the passage there a rocky road.
A 4-10 to 0-17 win over Naomh Muire in Ballybofey on Sunday confirmed their place in the last eight – where they will take on Glenswilly.
Having lost to Malin in May, MacCumhaills had to win their final two group games, but did just that against Glenfin and Naomh Muire.
“That was the main aim,” O’Leary said.
“When we went to Malin we wanted to put up a good show and get a good result. That didn’t happen and we had to win the next two games after that. We knew we’d have two tough games, but thankfully we got through in the end.”
James Lynch and Steven O’Reilly netted the goals in the first-half on Sunday. O’Leary drilled home a penalty and Martin O’Reilly goaled late in the game as Damian Devaney’s team advanced.
O’Leary said: “The goals were massive scores. We’ll look forward to the quarter-final. We’ll knuckle down again and we have nothing to fear.
“We had to be patient against Naomh Muire, but we got the goals at the right time. It’s great to get into the quarter-finals; that was the aim at the start of the year when the draw was made.”
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