McGuinness will continue to experiment

It’s all about the championship for Donegal manager Jim McGuinness, inset below, who made no attempt to conceal his disappointment at yesterday’s derby defeat in Omagh.

McGuinness admitted he is using the league campaign to test certain strategies as he sets about improving on the output of a team that bridged a 20-year gap with All-Ireland success last September.

“We tried Ross Wherithy out again today, and we were happy with his performance, we tried Mark McHugh at wing-back, and we tried Neil Gallagher at full-forward.

“We use the league as a vehicle to look at things like that, and they were all kind of positives. We just want to try and progress and go forward week on week.”

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte pointed to the penalty incident just before half-time, which became a personal disaster for Donegal captain Michael Murphy, as the key moment.

“Obviously, the sending-off of Michael Murphy had a big bearing on the game. The penalty save was a big bearing, even if Murphy hadn’t have been sent off, the fact the penalty was saved would have sent us in with a real boost and a spring in our step.”

“If it had have gone in, and the amount of football we had played, we would have been in a poor place. But, it was saved and it changed the complexion of the game.”


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