Donegel corner-forward Patrick McBrearty feels his side's narrow win over Tyrone in the Ulster Football Championship showed how dangerous they are and why they deserved the Tír Conaill men's respect.
The Tír Conaill men saw off the Red Hands by 1-13 to 1-10 and McBrearty was keen to point out that the battle was an extremely difficult one that his side were glad to get out of the way before moving on to face Armagh in the quarter-finals.
"Ulster Championship football – you can’t beat it. Tyrone really put it up to us today. We’re delighted to get through to the next round and Armagh in four weeks’ time," said McBrearty.
"The general public probably didn’t give Tyrone the respect that they deserved. Within our circle we definitely respected Tyrone.
"If you look through their team they have a number of top-quality players that would make any inter-county team throughout the country.
"So, we gave them the full respect that they deserve. We knew the task ahead and are absolutely delighted to get through to the next round."
Darren McCurry fired home a Tyrone goal after ten minutes and Sean Cavanagh put them ahead in the 33rd minute and McBrearty was keen to praise the manner in which he and his team-mates came back into the tie.
"I thought we responded well from McCurry’s goal," said McBrearty. "They were on top at that stage and I think it showed a lot of character coming back from the goal and we got a goal ourselves. So, pretty pleasing."
Three Michael Murphy frees at the end of the game proved crucial for Donegal and Paul Durcan's performance in the Donegal net was immense; McBrearty singled out both players for specific praise.
"Things probably weren’t going Murphy's way from play with the attention he was getting, but the few frees that he’ll kick are vital. Eventually it won us the match," said McBrearty.
“Paul Durcan is one of the most underrated keepers in Ireland. He never lets us down and I was delighted to see him out there today."