06 Oct 2022

Cunningham admits Kilcar need a big improvement in the semi-finals

Kilcar ran out seven point winners against Killybegs this afternoon and although content with a place in the semi-final draw for the Donegal SFC, manager Conor Cunningham feels his team will need to lift their performance level

Cunningham admits Kilcar need a big improvement in the semi-finals

Ciaran McGinley helped his Kilcar side to victory over Killybegs in the Donegal SFC quarter-final

Kilcar manager Conor Cunningham admitted his team will have to improve upon their win over Killybegs in the Donegal SFC Quarter Final in Tir Chonaill Park.

The final score of 1-14 to 1-7 is a fair reflection of the winner's superiority, but Cunningham, while pleased with the win, said it would not be good enough to get past the semi-finals.

"Yes it was good to win and I am happy with that, but there were times in the second half when we went a wee bit flat and we also could have been more clinical with our goal chances,” he said. "That display would not be good enough in the semi-finals.

"Killybegs hit five or six good chances wide and they might be too happy with that and while we started pretty well, we dropped a bit in the second half and it got a bit flat.

"We gave Killybegs a sniff or two of getting back into the game.”

Cunningham felt his side could have been more ruthless at the other end against the neighbours.

“We had two clear goal chances and on another day Ryan McHugh, who had a very good game, might have had a hat-trick of goals,” the Kilcar manager added. "His first goal was excellent and for the second chance he might have picked up the ball another day and for the third he was too unselfish and passed to Conor Doherty and the chance slipped away.”

Kilcar by and large kept Killybegs at arm’s length throughout, although the Fisherman did manage a late Hugh McFadden penalty.

"Then Killybegs converted the penalty but they did not kick on from it and I thought we closed it out pretty well in the end,” Cunningham added. "But I thought that Jason Campbell did very well along with Ciaran McGinley in the middle of the field. Jason is another outlet for us and gives us an extra option in that area"

But there is very little time for reflection as Kilcar are out again next weekend -something that is not ideal according to Cunningham.

"It's all a bit rushed but I guess it's the same for all the other teams and then there is a gap between the Donegal county final and the Ulster club competition,” he said. "But for now we will just have to prepare as best we can for the future. It is getting hectic but we are where we want to be. And we will need a big improvement".

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