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Donegal will aim higher after retaining Ulster crown: Bonner

 

On a high: Donegal’s Michael Murphy lifts Anglo Celt Cup
On a high: Donegal’s Michael Murphy lifts Anglo Celt Cup
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

Donegal manager Declan Bonner has vowed to take advantage of their first game at home in the Super 8s, after securing back-to-back Ulster titles for only the second time in the county's history by beating Cavan 1-24 to 2-16.

It was the highest-scoring Ulster final of all time, which goes to show how football in the northern province has become fashionable this summer, and for a county that had only five Ulster titles prior to 2011, their captain Michael Murphy has now lifted five this decade.

Last year, Donegal beat Fermanagh in the decider but that was overshadowed when they were then forced to play Dublin in a 'neutral' game at Croke Park.

Bonner doesn't want that debate to re-emerge as they chase a possible All-Ireland title.

"Yes, it is important that we have it at home but it is important that we make that count," said the 1992 All-Ireland winner.

"We need to hit the ground running. At this stage we don't know who we will be playing. We will get ready for that and get the preparation done and we will take stock. But we are going to enjoy this evening. The boys have worked extremely hard, there is little time to celebrate."

With debate surrounding the future of the provincial system, Bonner added: "The atmosphere around Clones is really electrifying. I don't know about the other provincial Championships but there were big scenes down in Galway last weekend.

"Finals are about winning. I thought we played very well for long periods. We set the foundation in that first half. I thought our football was excellent."

His opposite number, Mickey Graham, said: "A lot of things we talked about didn't happen for us."

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