Mark Donnelly Was Superb For Tyrone Against Kildare.
Snap judgements on players are often made by football followers and fellas lining out for any team for the first time are regularly dismissed as being too small, too slow, not good enough etc based on one game or part of a game. We have all been guilty of looking at players and deciding that they are just not good enough in terms of county football. As supporters we are sure to be heard grumbling that perhaps it might be better for the manager to have a look at other individuals or give someone else a chance because while so and so might be a good club footballer but in terms of the county team, he is just not up to the “mark”.
Experience teaches us however that we all need experience and we can all learn from it. It is difficult to develop as a player and gain the necessary confidence for inter county football without getting a chance to show what we are really capable of.
The past few games have illustrated perfectly how important it is for “fringe” players to get time on the field of play if they are going to improve and contribute to the team.
Last Sunday afforded two of the lesser lights, Mark Donnelly and Martin Swift opportunities to showcase their talents at different ends of the pitch. Both players had excellent games and their displays not only boosted their confidence but will have given the manager a boost also knowing that these two players can step up to the challenge when required.
Swifty had a great game defensively blocking, tackling and supporting his team mates both in defence and attack when required. Mark Donnelly was superb in the forward line and was the perfect partner for Martin Penrose with his darting runs, hard work and high energy approach causing serious problems for the Kildare defenders. His three fine points from play were the icing on the cake and showed that on his day a confident Mark Donnelly is not just a great club footballer but he is beginning to show that he is well capable of holding his own at county level too.