Donegal manager, Ray Durack, was making no excuses at the final whistle as he admitted Tyrone were the better team and worthy winners.
He was bitterly disappointed at his own team’s non-performance and admitted it was a most definite wake up call for any player that thought that the Nicky Rackard was going to be easy.
“We never performed at all and never got going. Tyrone came here all guns blazing. They proved that they are a good team and why they went 17 games unbeaten before we beat them the last day in the play-off,” said the Donegal boss.
“They just wanted to win the game more than us and fair play to them, they went out and took the game to us and came out on the right side of the result.
“We got a good enough start and scored three early points, but they crept in for a goal again and that is a problem; we have conceding goals soft. I was disappointed that he was not brought down and concede the free.
“We were on the back foot once they got the goal. It put them three up playing into the wind and we never got in front after that.
“We did draw level alright for a short pereiod but they pushed on again and Damien Casey scored from a free to send them in one up at half-time and then they scored three quick points at the start of the second half again.
“But fair play to them, they were hungrier than us and showed great character and they crowded us out; every time we won possession there were three or four of them around the man with the ball.
“It is hard to compete against a team like that. I know they particularly crowded out Danny Cullen and Ronan McDermott, two men that had done the damage against them the last day. But when they did that there were other men loose. But simply we had too many men out there today that did not step up and perform and that is very disappointing.
“The likes of Danny Cullen, Joe Boyle and Enda McDermott cannot be expected to do it every game; other players are going to have to stand up and be counted and that did not happen today.”
The manager also said that he had warned his player about being complacent after the league play-off win.
“I said during the week that a wounded animal is a dangerous thing and they were not happy when we beat them and ended their 17 game unbeaten run. They came here as reigning Nicky Rackard champions and they saw it as a matter of putting the record straight.”
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