May 19, 2024

Derry boss Mickey Harte was left lamenting his tactical plan after Donegal uncovered wandering goalkeeper Odhran Lynch.

Lynch, who has helped punish so many sides in current months, was caught in ‘no man’s land’ for 3 of Donegal’s objectives within the warmth of Celtic Park yesterday.

Harte admitted later that the “threat far outweighed the reward” as Jim McGuinness and his crew recognized the weak point in Derry’s plan.

Shaun Patton kicked two large kick-outs which caught Lynch out of place after which his alternative Gavin Mulreany launched one other to present Donegal followers an enormous increase increase on the terraces and within the stands.

Harte mentioned his crew had deliberate for this attainable counter assault by Donegal however merely couldn’t deal with it on the day

“It’s disappointing. We didn’t appear to be as much as the pace of the sport at any stage tonight, though we nonetheless battled our method via the primary half and have been solely some extent down, and went in most likely blissful sufficient to be that.

“Donegal have been positively sharper, sharper for the second balls, sharper for the turnovers, clearly we obtained caught badly for the kick-out excessive… we knew it was a definite chance, however we felt we had sufficient folks again there to cope with it.

“We didn’t cope with it effectively and it price us very dearly. It appears unusual that you just wouldn’t be prepared for that however we felt we have been prepared for it, felt we may cope with.

“It’s a must to hand it to Donegal, they got here right here with a really clear thoughts about how they have been going to play, how they have been going to create alternatives for themselves to win the sport they usually did that.”

Harte and his crew have 5 weeks to regroup.

However will he keep on with Lynch’s sweeping function after he spectacularly backfired on his crew?

“It’s a must to assessment all the things and definitely the issues that price you, you must assessment.

“It doesn’t say that it’s not the correct factor to do, there are days when it is going to be an efficient technique, clearly at this time was one the place it wasn’t.

“It’s a hazard when there’s an individual on the opposite facet with a increase of a kick-out, then you definitely’ve obtained to regulate your positioning and all of that. It’s a risk-reward factor and the danger far outweighed the reward for us at this time.

“Now we have to lick our sores and determine when and the place you’ll be able to try to do this once more, if in any respect.”

Donegal stopped techniques of ‘Wandering Minstrel’ Lynch in his tracks was final modified: April twenty first, 2024 by Employees Author