DAVY McLaughlin cut a disappointed figure after seeing his Donegal ladies caught late in the day by Armagh in the TG4 All-Ireland senior football championship quarter-final at Clones.
Yvonne McMonagle’s 2-3 had given Donegal the upper hand, but never-say-die Armagh stayed in touch, largely thanks to Aoife Lennon’s two goals – and the Orchard struck for the win to leave Ulster champions Donegal heading for the exit.
“We’d prepared hard and we thought that we had it right in terms of our match-ups and our structures,” McLaughlin told Donegal Sport hub.
“All the signs were good in the first half, particularly in the first fifteen minutes.
“We were happy at half-time because we felt that there was more in us, but we just seemed to lose our shape around the middle of the park and Armagh started to get a grip.”
The loss of Niamh Hegarty to the sin-bin in the final ten minutes came as a hammer blow to the Tir Chonaill girls., who only trailed for the first time when Fionnuala McKenna posted six minutes from the end.
Aimee Mackin added another score to seal a two-point win for the Orchard.
McLaughlin said: “In fairness, they were probably the more composed in the last fifteen minutes and deserved it in the end up.”
Listen to the full interview below …