Spillane fears it’s the end of the road for this Donegal team
While it would be unfair to write off Donegal’s chances after one below-par performance, frankly I don’t see them winning the All-Ireland in 2015.
Their performance against Monaghan – particularly in the second quarter – was so unlike them. There was no intensity in their play and their shooting was uncharacteristically wayward.
After three tough matches they looked a tired team. They were tactically inflexible and one-dimensional and the bottom line is that when Michael Murphy struggles so does the team.
Having just come through a gruelling, four-match schedule in the Ulster series, which involved matches against three teams that played in Division 1 this season, they will probably have to beat Galway, Mayo, Dublin and possibly Kerry to win the All-Ireland.
Even at their peak I doubt if they would have been capable of that feat.