Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SPORT - BY PAT NOLAN

DONE­GAL’S spirit shone through as they snatched a draw with a new-look side against Dublin on Sun­day, says Frank Mcglynn. Af­ter a spate of re­tire­ments and de­fec­tions since last year, Done­gal are cer­tainly in a tran­si­tional pe­riod but showed their fight­ing qual­i­ties haven’t been im­pacted as they sal­vaged a share of the spoils against All-ire­land cham­pi­ons Dublin. “Not a lot of peo­ple gave us a chance be­cause we had such a young side out,” said Mcglynn (in­set). “In fair­ness some of those young boys showed there how much it means to them and how much they want to play for Done­gal, so it’s pos­i­tive on that front. “They have all have good ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing to­gether with mi­nor groups and un­der-21 groups, and I sup­pose that spirit has been built over a few years. “It shone through at the end of the game and es­pe­cially when we con­ceded the goal in the se­cond half. We re­sponded well and kept chip­ping away.” Cap­tain Michael Mur­phy’s in­jury time free also en­sured that Done­gal’s un­beaten run in Bally­bofey stretched to 16 League and Cham­pi­onship games, dat­ing back to 2010. Mcglynn added: “We al­ways en­joy play­ing at Mac­cumhaill Park; It’s the num­ber one venue in the county and when you get here it has a dif­fer­ent feel­ing about it. “The play­ers look for­ward to it and want to keep that record go­ing as long as pos­si­ble.” Man­ager Rory Gal­lagher said ahead of the game Mcglynn’s par­tic­i­pa­tion was in doubt due to the fact that he hasn’t much train­ing be­hind him, but he got through the full match. “I’m im­prov­ing,” he said. “The younger lads have im­proved since the Kerry game and I cer­tainly have come on a bit too since.”

BAT­TLE Done­gal’s Martin O’reilly with Ciaran Kilkenny

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