Naughton not happy with some decisions


Naughton not happy with some decisions

Donegal Ladies manager, Micheal Naughton, was very happy with the effort put in by his side in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin, but also felt that a few refereeing decisions went against his side.

"I would have to question a few of the refereeing decisions there today. You know, Geraldine (McLaughlin) was pulled up for overcarrying on two occasion, but in the end Dublin won the game and that's what counts."

Donegal were in front at half-time, thanks to a goal from Yvonne McMonagle, but they were trailing Dublin going into the final ten minutes, but showed great fighting spirit to make a game of it, thanks to a second goal from Geraldine McLaughlin, who had come into the Donegal side at half-time.

"We knew we were good enough to do it here today. But we had a few mix ups in defence that gave away that goal and Dublin took advantage.

"But we put them under a lot of pressure and they didn't get their scores easy. We knew that we would have to tighten up in defence after the Galway game and I think our backs did that today. They were very good," said Naughton.

No doubt after winning the Ulster title in 2015, Donegal will hope to build on this year's effort. Defeating Galway was a big scalp but Dublin, who looked a really good side in the second half, were just a little too strong. Indeed, it seemed that the Tir Chonaill girls just ran out of steam.

"We have to look to next year and go at it again," said the manager, who said the players were really proud to represent Donegal.

"They are a credit to themselves, to their families and to their clubs. We have a bond there in the dressing rooms and we would go through walls to get the result. Those girls are a tremendous bunch and we give everything on the field," said Naughton.

"There is a never say die attitude there," said Naughton, who said that they showed that against Galway the last day to get the result. Indeed the manager felt that they should not really have had to get a last minute point to defeat the Tribesman.

As for the future, Naughton feels that there is plenty more to come from Donegal. "They are a great bunch of girls and there is a hunger for football in Donegal and they will be back."

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