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Dick Clerkin: 'Donegal show they have the three key components required to challenge Names'

On the off chance that you are a savant that at any point said Michael Murphy was misrepresented, a vocation change ought to be a solid thought.

Before toss in, all the discussion around Ballybofey was about the arrival of Diarmuid Connolly to the Dublin camp. At the last whistle, the Glenswilly monster was all that anybody was discussing, such was the impact he had on yesterday's engaging Super 8s experience with Meath.

Having both played against and watched Murphy since he previously touched base on the scene in 2008, I can hardly recollect a superior execution. For a thirty minutes after yesterday's hard-battled triumph over Meath, in preparing heat, he marked signatures and postured for photographs with wide-looked at adolescents. He even supported Donegal's match-day mascot, youthful Thomas Gallagher. In the event that Carlsberg did Sundays what not…

After Galway pounded them by 15 two years prior in a Cycle 4 qualifier game, having been entirely beaten by Tyrone in Ulster, it was hard to see Donegal ascending to be All-Ireland contenders again sooner rather than later.

With just three survivors from their 2012 All-Ireland-winning group in their beginning line-up yesterday, that Donegal are cutting edge contenders to Dublin's crown is a demonstration of the progressing advancement work there. Murphy, in any case, keeps on being the vital paste that ties everybody together, as the old have bit by bit cleared a path for the new in the passing years.

Alongside Murphy, Stephen Rochford's sure impact is telling in any discussion I have with those near the Donegal set-up. There is a freshness and vitality in their play this year that frequently pursues the presentation of another voice in the changing area, as Rochford supplements the home-developed enthusiasm of Declan Bonner and Karl Lacey.

Such aside, are Donegal certifiable contenders this year? That is the main inquiry that anybody truly thinks about at this stage. To put it plainly, yes. To beat Dublin, there are three non-debatable components that any practical challenger is going to require in their storage. A solid and precise goalkeeper, a physical center third, and in any event three outright scoring advances. Donegal, seemingly more so than different contenders, tick these crates.

Not just because this mid year, they overwhelmed challenged kick-outs around the center third yesterday. The transcending McFadden, Murphy, McGee and Langan won't be out-brought, and with Patton's capacity to fail into their fingers from 60 yards, they can rest guaranteed they won't be outflanked in this part by too much. Patton's clairvoyance with Murphy must be seen in the substance to be accepted. The speed and precision with which Patton propelled Donegal counter-assaults is as great anything I have found in the game. Their long kick-out ridiculous is a strategy that they sent with wrecking impact in their 2014 thrashing of Dublin when they stunned the GAA world.

Going into yesterday's down, Andy McEntee would have recognized its danger. The pace and coordination at which it is executed progressively, be that as it may, makes it so hard to protect against.

McBrearty's 24th-minute objective, was an a valid example. With a veritable abyss in the standard of kick-outs among Patton and Meath's Andrew Colgan, McEntee was continually battling to keep his group in conflict.

In advance, McBrearty, commended his 100th appearance for Donegal with a presentation that in typical conditions would have verified him the precious stone. Alongside Ryan McHugh, he caused a generally difficult Meath guard no closure of inconvenience. Jamie Brennan was stayed silent by his own elevated requirements by the phenomenal Seamus Lavin, yet at the same time completed with two points and was a bunch for the diligent Dunboyne safeguard all through.

Donegal's Everything Ireland qualifications will eventually lay on whether they can keep their key outfield men fit during the bustling timetable ahead. The proceeded with wellness and type of Murphy, McHugh, McBrearty and Brennan is crucial to their test, as the supporting cast and seat, while strong in numerous regards, don't have a similar star quality or major game experience the previously mentioned players have.

As far as it matters for Meath, they can be happy with their opening Super 8s excursion, at a scene few groups have succeeded in over ongoing years. Their genuineness of exertion was a return to Meath a long time ago, and will gladden their developing help.

Experience, be that as it may, can't be optimized, and Andy McEntee should essentially take the brutal learnings from yesterday's down on the jawline, and attempt and work the further enhancements required into his group one major game at any given moment.

Donegal may have endure a panic yesterday, however regardless they won by ten points. After the first round of results, alongside Tyrone and Kerry, it is a solid probability that they will proceed to join Dublin as the four All-Ireland semi-finalists. A mouth-watering prospect whatever the stages.


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