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Colm McFadden wants Donegal to go one step further in 2012

Updated: Monday, 06 Aug 2012 12:20 | Comments

Colm McFadden was the scorer-in-chief for Donegal against Kerry
Colm McFadden was the scorer-in-chief for Donegal against Kerry

Donegal attacker Colm McFadden has admitted his early goal in yesterday's All-Ireland Senior Football quarter-final win over Kerry at Croke Park was not planned.

The St Michael's clubman, who finished with a personal tally of 1-05, saw his sideline kick from under the Cusack Stand sail into the net via the underside of the crossbar.

"The goal now was a fortunate one. I just wanted to put into the back post to (Michael) Murphy and just fortunately he went to compete for it and it went straight into the net.

"It doesn't matter whose goal it is, as long as it went in. It was a great lift that early in the game" - Colm McFadden

The three-pointer gave the Ulster champions a foothold in the game, and they managed to hold out despite a brave late revival by the Kingdom.

The victory means Donegal have reached back-to-back All-Ireland semi-finals, but McFadden and his team-mates are determined to go one step further than 2011 when they were pipped by Dublin in the last four.

"It's fantastic to be back where we were last year again. There's going to be big work done in the next three weeks to try and go one step further and get to an All-Ireland final."

McFadden's concentration on the clash with Kerry was so complete that he wasn't aware of who had won the preceding quarter-final at Headquarters.

"Cork, is it? I didn't even know who won," the corner-forward said. "We'll start preparing for them tomorrow morning, I suppose. I think it's three weeks away. It's going to be another big challenge for us."

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