Donegal manager Declan Bonner says this week was the most difficult he's had in sport after his side's comeback victory over Meath in Ballybofey on Saturday night.

Caolan McGonagle capitalised on indecision in the Royals defence to turn a four point deficit, with 12 minutes to go, into a two-point win.

But sport was put into perspective this week, after the tragic death of four men in their 20s in a car crash at Gortahork last weekend.

A minute's silence was held in their memory before throw-in.

"After a very difficult week for everyone involved, it was nice to get that result," said Bonner, speaking to RTÉ Sport following the game.

"It's been a horrific week, to be quite honest. It was probably the worst week I've had in football. It's not easy when you're dealing with a lot of young lads, and a lot of young lads being very, very close to a lot of the guys.

"Meath were very respectful and we thank them for that. GAA is one big family, and it came together in great numbers all week."

MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey

After Kildare's draw with Armagh in week one, this was seen as a big chance for one side to set the early pace in Division 2.

Meath manager Andy McEntee has never hid his desire to see his team promoted, and they were in pole position to make it two wins from two heading down the home stretch at MacCumhaill Park.

But Bonner says Donegal showed their battling qualities to pull through.

"We didn't throw in the towel, although we could have," he said.

"I thought the guys coming off the bench made a real contribution out there.

"It looked like Meath had got the upper hand, and we got a fortuitous goal. We kicked on after that, and I thought we finished the game strongly.'

"It was, at times, a patchy performance. We made a lot of basic errors, and there were a lot of balls turned over, but the pleasing thing was to get that result.

"It's a tough division. There's not going to be much in it, to be honest."

The Ulster side are still without the likes of Michael Murphy, and Frank McGlynn, with Bonner confirming that the pair won't see game time before the League break in two weeks. Patrick McBrearty, meanwhile, is not likely to feature until the summer

Despite being the early pace-setters, he says they're not getting ahead of themselves, as they seek to bounce straight back up following last season's relegation.

"It's nice to win the first two matches, because these are probably the types of matches we would have lost last year. It was important for the group to build that belief within the squad.

"And we've a lot of lads to come back in. We get ready now for Tipperary next week."