DAVID MCGINLEY wasn’t in the mood for excuses after St Eunan’s made their exit from the Donegal SFC last night following defeat by Naomh Conaill.
In Ballybofey, in what was a repeat of last year’s final, champions Naomh Conaill prevailed 1-13 to 1-8 with Daragh Gallagher’s goal in the second half the key score in a game that St Eunan’s kicked away in the first half.
It was a game delicately poised and, at times, seemed in favour of St Eunan’s, who were spurred by a Conor Morrison goal in the first half.
The sides were level five times in all, but McGinley had no qualms with the end result.
“I think we probably weren’t clinical enough,” McGinley told Donegal Sport Hub.
“We had chances, particularly in the first half, where we could have really hurt them and forced them to come out of their shell. That was the tipping point.
“When they got the goal it forced us out and they were able to expose us.
“I feel in the second half we didn’t play to our potential and lacked control in possession at times. We didn’t handle their half-back line and I would look to us on the line for that. Eoin Waide and Marty Boyle had too much influence and we struggled with their running game.”
Rory Kavanagh hit the post with a goal chance for St Eunan’s late in the day, but by then they had shot themselves in the toes.
McGinley said on St Eunan’s shooting: “We should have had more composure,
“We had seven either wide or dropped short in the first half, Scoring conversion was far too low over the whole game. We just didn’t take enough chances and that’s why we’re out.
“I hate relying on luck, ever. If you hit the post, you hit the post. Fine margins can decide things but, ultimately, Glenties were more clinical and deserved it over the course of the hour.”
Listen to the full interview below …