The Donegal manager said, “It was truly privilege for everyone involved with the Donegal team to be part of this occasion.
“This game was always on the back of the players’ minds after the All-Ireland. It was a fixture that had to be competed.
“When Mickey Harte first asked me to support this event I had no hesitation in saying yes.”
Cluxton Stays, Quinn Out
DUBLIN goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton has pledged his future to the Blues under new boss Jim Gavin but veteran forward Tomas Quinn has announced his retirement.
Cluxton will play on for at least another year after ending speculation that he was poised to quit the Leinster champions.
Quinn however is to retire and tweeted, “It’s been a childhood dream to play for Dublin for last 10 years, but time to go. It was a great journey and I loved every second#ÁthCliathAbú.”
DOWN champions Kilcoo are through to the semifinals of the Ulster club championship after a deserved win over Monaghan side Ballybay on Sunday. Tyrone champions Errigal Ciaran are also in the semis after a late Tommy Canavan free earned them a win over Ballinderry . . .
GALWAY hurling goalkeeper James Skehill won’t play until next summer at the earliest after surgery on the shoulder injury that derailed his performance in the All-Ireland final replay against Kilkenny . . .
SHANE Nolan scored the crucial goal as Cork champions Castlehaven booked a semifinal place in the Munster SFC with a win against Dromcollogher-Broadford on Sunday . . .
WEXFORD hurling kingpins Oulart-The Ballagh had to survive a late rally from Kilmacud Crokes before winning the Leinster Club SHC quarterfinal on Sunday . . .
NEW Clare boss Mick O’Dwyer was in the crowd as Kerry side Dr. Crokes defeated Kilmurry-Ibrickane in the Munster club SFC quarterfinal . . .
CROKE Park officials are open to the idea of an Ulster representative side playing in the All-Ireland hurling championship . . .
RESPECTED coach Niall Moyna has joined the backroom team with the Down footballers under manager James McCartan . . .
ALL-Ireland winner Ryan McMenamin has brought the curtain down on his 13-year career with the Tyrone footballers . . .
VETERAN Offaly star Brendan Murphy has retired – 12 years after he played in the county’s last All-Ireland final . . .
FORMER Waterford star Paul Flynn is to work as a coach with the Down hurlers next season.