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Smash hit: Jamie Brennan’s form has inspired Donegal
Smash hit: Jamie Brennan’s form has inspired Donegal
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Donegal scoring sensation Jamie Brennan is quick to play down the plaudits which have been heaped upon him since the start of the Ulster Championship.

The 23-year-old lightning-fast raider has totted up an impressive 2-11, his goals coming against Cavan and Tyrone, and he is already focussed on his team's first Super8s meeting with either Meath or Clare at MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey on Sunday week.

"It's far too early to be at that craic," smiles Brennan, alluding to the bountiful praise which has come his way. "While it's great to have our first Super8s game in Ballybofey, we know that this guarantees us nothing."

Brennan's stunning solo goal against Cavan in the Ulster final had much to do with sounding the death knell on the Breffni county's bid to capture their first provincial crown in 22 years, but the Donegal flyer is quick to put that win into context.

"We have been grafting hard the whole way since last October and, while it means so much to this group of players to have retained the Ulster title, we have to try and push on from here," insists Brennan.

"Cavan stuck at it the whole way through and they got goals at core times. We struggled a wee bit on occasions and then we pulled away at the end but they were a hard team to play against."

While those wins over Tyrone and Cavan have bolstered confidence within the Donegal camp, there is an awareness that the pressure is about to be stepped up.

While Donegal on current form could reasonably be expected to beat either Meath or Clare, especially with home advantage, Kerry in their second Super8s contest in the hostile atmosphere of Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney could be a different proposition.

"We just have to take each match as it comes," insists Brennan. "Obviously you expect to be encountering stronger sides at this stage. You have to consider that we have a lot of young lads who are chomping at the bit to get into the side. You're trying to get your own game sorted so that you can hold onto your place.

"We have boys like Oisin Gallen who are just raring to go, and that's what helps to keep the pressure on the rest of us. The race for starting places is really hotting up because everyone wants to be involved in the forthcoming games."

Meanwhile, former Armagh defender Ciaran McKeever has been named as the new manager of Down club Mayobridge.

McKeever is currently manager of the Armagh minor football team and takes over as the Mayobridge senior side is being rebuilt.

Cory Quinn in particular made a big impact when introduced to the Down senior side this year by Paddy Tally and he could be among the players who can help Mayobridge reclaim senior county Championship glory, something they have not achieved since the 2004-2008 period when they won five titles on the trot.

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