By Micil Glennon
Donegal manager Jim McGuinness said his players were “shell-shocked” after their 1-10 to 0-13 draw with Dublin that resulted in relegation from Division 1 of the Allianz National Football League.
Colm McFadden, replaced at half-time suffering from cramp, scored an early goal for the All-Ireland champions and they led until Paul Mannion struck an injury-time point to secure a share of the points and send the Ulster side down to Division 2.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the game, McGuinness said: “They are shell-shocked because they felt they had done enough to win the game and we had the game.
"There were a few things that happened, that transpired in the last 15 or 20 minutes, that resulted in them not getting the game and they are scratching their heads a wee bit.
“[We] probably done enough to win the game and we didn’t, so you’d be disappointed all right.”
"The cameras were here today, they’ll see what went on and everybody else can make their decision" - Jim McGuinness
The Celtic performance consultant refused to blame substitute referee Michael Duffy, who replaced Padraig Hughes after he retired with an ankle injury, for the result.
“I haven’t ever commented on a referee and I’m not going to comment on a referee. Everybody who was at the match can make up their own mind on that one. The cameras were here today, they’ll see what went on and everybody else can make their decision,” he said.
McGuinness added that all of their attention will now turn to their Ulster Championship clash with Tyrone.
“The focus was always on Tyrone to be honest. The 26th of May is the date that we are working towards, it’s a very important game for us. We’re at home, there’s going to be a massive crowd, it’s going to be a massive occasion.
“Tyrone are going to be at full tilt and hopefully, by that stage, so will we. But in terms of our own intensity and pace that we played with, we’d be very happy,” he added.