JIM MCGUINNESS – “ODHRÁN MAC NIALLAIS WAS OUTSTANDING AND IS EMERGING AS A KEY FIGURE FOR DONEGAL”

JIM MCGUINNESS – “ODHRÁN MAC NIALLAIS WAS OUTSTANDING AND IS EMERGING AS A KEY FIGURE FOR DONEGAL”

December 22, 2019 bksuroys 0

first_imgGAA: Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has lavished praise on Odhrán Mac Niallais and has said the young Gaoth Dobhair player has now emerged as a ‘key’ figure for Rory Gallagher’s side. Mac Niallais enjoyed a ‘dream’ breakthrough season last year winning an Ulster SFC crown and narrowly lost out on winning an All-Ireland title.He has continued that fine vein of form this term impressing in Donegal’s league campaign and has been outstanding in their Ulster SFC wins over Tyrone and Armagh. In his weekly column with The Irish Times – McGuinness wrote, “Within an excellent team performance, Odhrán MacNiallais was outstanding in his athleticism and decision-making and in the switching of the direction and emphasis of play.“He is a very fine footballer and emerging as a key figure for Donegal.However, while McGuinness was full of praise for Donegal – he was left mystified by Armagh and can’t figure out whether their performance was down to the Armagh management getting it badly wrong, or the players just letting them down.McGuinness wrote, “Armagh mystified me. Both Galway and Armagh lost on Sunday but there are ways to lose. I liked everything about Galway’s approach. They refused to be intimidated and had a cut and worked some terrific scores. “They didn’t do everything perfectly but would still have woken up on Monday morning knowing they had given everything and probably feeling they had closed the gap on Mayo.“You can feel at peace with yourself when you lose in those circumstances.“My hunch is the Armagh players will feel very differently because they know they offered no resistance. They essentially prepared for this match for nine or 10 months.“It made me think it was going to be a war in Armagh. But the opposite was true. Nothing happened.“There was zero pressure on Donegal. Karl and Neil Gallagher and Michael got on ball and threaded passes through without a hand raised or a shoulder put in. There was so little tackling or turnovers. “So what happened? For me, one of two things: either the management got it badly wrong or the players let them down very badly.McGuinness also reserved praise for man-of-the-match award recipient Michael Murphy and Karl Lacey who he said didn’t put a foot wrong in the entire game.McGuinness wrote, “Michael Murphy was obviously a towering figure. People talk about Michael on the edge of the square but there is nobody better in Donegal at delivering those long, diagonal quality passes from 60 metres and when you have an excellent forward like Patrick McBrearty in there, it can cause damage.“Because Michael is a natural full forward, he knows the type of ball that player wants. “Paddy McGrath closed out Jamie Clarke completely and the Armagh attack struggled as a result.“Karl Lacey brought his form from the Tyrone match into the Athletic Grounds and proved again how important he is to Donegal. He got on a lot of ball and I don’t recall him making a single mistake.JIM MCGUINNESS – “ODHRÁN MAC NIALLAIS WAS OUTSTANDING AND IS EMERGING AS A KEY FIGURE FOR DONEGAL” was last modified: June 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:armaghcolumndonegalGAAJim McGuinnessnewsOdhran Mac NiallaisSportThe Irish Timeslast_img

 

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