Donegal team-manager magnanimous in defeat
Donegal fans in a good mood early on in the game. Pics: Michael O’Donnell
In his after match interview the Donegal team-manager, Brian McIver, a Tyrone native, said: “I thought Tyrone’s mobility was going to be a big factor in this game. They were very fast all over the field, and we just couldn’t get a grip on the game at all.’’
McIver refused to place any importance on two crucial penalty decisions in the opening half. In the first instance, referee David Coldrick awarded Donegal a penalty after Colm McFadden had crashed the ball to the Tyrone net. McFadden then missed the resultant spot-kick, making the Donegal supporters wish the match official had turned a blind eye to the initial foul.
Having missed a penalty, Donegal then watched Colm McCullagh plant a spot-kick past Paul Durcan the strike gave Tyrone a four point lead.
Tyrone won the penalty after goalkeeper Durcan was adjudged to have thrown the ball to a defender.
The Donegal boss refused to quibble with the penalty calls. “If you look at the scoreline, there is no point moaning about decisions that go against you. On the day Tyrone were excellent.
“You have to give credit where credit is due. They were flying today, and that’s as good a performance as anybody has put up in a long time. If they can repeat this consistently in their forthcoming championship games, they will be hard to beat,’’ he added.
Four Masters G.A.A. Club/Frank Muldoon Memorial Golf Classic
Back: Michael Doherty, Benny Byrne, Barry Monaghan, Anne McGroary, Ronan Muldoon, Paul Durcan, Karl Lacey. Front: Kieran Mullin, Breege McNeilis, Paul Timoney, Bridie Carrabin, Kathleen Hanafin, Sean Dunnion.
The 13th annual Four Masters G.A.A. Club/Frank Muldoon Memorial Golf Classic, in association with the Donegal Town Cancer Support Group, took place at Donegal Golf Club on Wednesday last June 20th. It was played in dry weather conditions but the very strong wind on the day made scoring difficult for many teams. However, some great scores were returned with the winning team of Martin Carr, Paddy Carr, Michael Gallagher and Chris Cassidy posting a fine return of 94 points.
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