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Donegal need to step up a gear: defender Frank McGlynn

By John Campbell

Donegal defender Frank McGlynn believes that his team's experience will help underpin their challenge when they confront Dublin in the forthcoming All-Ireland football semi-final. But he quickly acknowledges that this will form just one element of what will be an expansive portfolio of attributes that the Ulster champions will require if they are to dethrone a side that many feel are set to dominate the All-Ireland scene for years to come.

"You would have to say that it was experience which got us over the line against Armagh at the weekend. We kept our composure – for Michael Murphy's equalising point we worked it very well and then for Patrick McBrearty's winner we took our time," reflects schoolteacher McGlynn.

But physicality, accuracy and cohesion will, he feels, be required in abundance against a jet-propelled Dublin who are deemed unbackable in the All-Ireland title race.

"We probably did not respond the way we would have wanted to when Armagh asked physical questions of us. I thought, though, that when we were one point down near the end of the game we did well to claw ourselves back into it," insists McGlynn.

A raft of second-half wides and poor shot selection on occasions also hinted that Donegal have some work to do on the training field in this sphere before the semi-final.

"Against Armagh, it was not like us not to take our chances. I suppose you could look back on the first-half when they were on top and they didn't take their chances either," states McGlynn.

"We are currently below our levels of performance in 2012 when we won the All-Ireland.

"It mightn't have worked out for us against Armagh so we're glad to have a chance to try and put things right for the Dublin game."

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