'It means everything for the people of Donegal'

May 13, 2024

Armagh's Stephen Sheridan scores a goal past Donegal goalkeeper Shaun Patton. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

‘It means everything for the people of Donegal’

Donegal’s struggles last year made their Ulster SFC final victory all the sweeter, according to penalty shootout hero Shaun Patton.

The St Eunan’s goalkeeper’s decisive penalty save from Shane McPartlan’s secured a first Anglo Celt Cup since 2019, just a few months into Jim McGuinness’ ‘second coming’ as Donegal manager.

"We were in a tough place last year and we came through it," Patton told BBC NI.

"It might not have been the worst thing ever to happen us as a team because we got tight and bonded together as a team.

"Thankfully, Jim came back in and he's put in a lot of work with his backroom staff and everyone involved.

"The work put in is unbelievable and it means everything for the people of Donegal, not just the players. The following of Donegal is unbelievable.

"It's a proud moment for us and Donegal football to be back up the stairs in Clones and lifting that Anglo Celt.

"There's nothing like it."

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