No disgrace in defeat for Donegal
Donegal 1-17 Kerry 2-17
Donegal manager Rory Gallagher took the positives from a three-point loss to Kerry yesterday.
Paul Geaney scored 2-4 as Kerry bagged a win for the long journey south, but Gallagher saw plenty of promise in his young charges, who fought back from being 10 behind at one stage.
Geaney scored a goal in either half, after a Michael Murphy penalty had, briefly, give Donegal the lead.
Kerry threatened to run away with it but, with the Kingdom easing off the gas, Donegal came back with a strong surge down the straight.
"We fought back and showed great courage and conviction to come back at them," Gallagher said.
"We are trying out a number of new players and there are going to be days like that so we are trying to marry the two together.
"With the forward line Kerry named we could make a decision to camp in our own half and try and get a result. But we have to look at the bigger picture and that is what we tried to do."
"We have to be honest in our evaluation of the game. We said that we would be brutally honest and Kerry are a good bit down the line from ourselves.
"We've got to be real. Kerry were much the better team.."
Donegal scorers: Michael Murphy 1-3 (1-0pen, 3f), Patrick McBrearty 0-4 (3f), Ciaran Thompson 0-3, Darach O'Connor 0-2 , Ryan McHugh, Conor Gibbons, Martin O'Reilly, Paul Brennan, Eoin McHugh 0-1 each
Kerry scorers: Paul Geaney 2-4 (2f), James O'Donoghue, Jack Savage (1f), 0-3 each, Jonathan Lyne 0-2, Tom O'Sullivan, David Moran, Paul Murphy, Donnchadh Walsh, Jack Barry 0-1 each