DONEGAL ARE NO ONE-HIT WONDERS, SAYS KERRY LEGEND COOPER

first_imgKERRY football legend Colm Cooper says All-Ireland champions Donegal will be in the shake-up for Sam Maguire again in 2013.Speaking at a function marking AIB’s sponsorship of the club championship, the Kerryman also said that many pundits had overlooked the quality of Donegal’s individual players, by failing to see past the team system used by Jim McGuinness.“I certainly feel Donegal aren’t a one-hit wonder. People say they have won their All-Ireland now and they won’t do it next year — I feel that isn’t the case,” said Cooper. “The level they are playing at, they won’t just drift away. The challenge for everyone else is to get to that level.“The professionalism that they played at — and I believe trained at — is a challenge to everyone else.”He says he believed Kerry gave Donegal their toughest game in the run-in this year, in their quarter-final clash at Croke Park.“Looking back on it, we gave Donegal one of the tougher games. I think with two, three minutes to go playing into the Hill 16 end, we were right in the game, we got it back to a point but then we missed a chance and Karl Lacey came up and kicked a point. “When all is said and done, we weren’t that far away.“We feel we played badly on the day, gave away a soft goal — a couple of injuries and different things went against us.“But when you take an overall view of it we didn’t play well enough to be involved, so tough luck.”He said of Donegal: “They really set out their stall in games this year. I can’t remember a game when they were down at half-time and where they haven’t led a game.“To be honest they are incredibly disciplined in their approach and really buy into the system they are playing. “People say they are disciplined but they have very good footballers too — especially the likes of Colm McFadden, who had an outstanding year.“Michael Murphy came alive in the final, Karl Lacey played really well, Frank McGlynn played really well. You could go through all their team, guys who played well.“It’s not just a system or a structure they are playing to, they have very good players and I sometimes think that gets lost a little bit.“They are fantastic players, they are extremely hungry and they haven’t been there in 20 years. “When you are coming in from that side of things to challenge the teams that have been there, they have a little bit more hunger, if you want to call it that, and that was very evident.”DONEGAL ARE NO ONE-HIT WONDERS, SAYS KERRY LEGEND COOPER was last modified: October 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL ARE NO ONE-HIT WONDERSSAYS KERRY LEGEND COOPERlast_img

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