Donegal need to get over mental scars - McConville

January 05, 2021

Donegal's Michael Murphy dejected after the Ulster SFC final defeat to Cavan ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Former Armagh star Oisin McConville says Donegal must get over the mental scars if they are to deliver on their potential in 2021.

Declan Bonner’s side were denied a third Ulster SFC title in-a-row this past November after being upset by 8/1 outsiders Cavan at the Athletic Grounds, where the curtain abruptly came down on their season after being tipped by many to challenge Dublin for the Sam Maguire Cup.

Speaking to Sportsound Extra Time, McConville feels that Donegal need to combine their undoubted talent with mental strength if they are to capture silverware this coming season.

"If I looked at Ulster, Donegal are now, as far as I'm concerned in the last three years, the biggest underachievers in the country," said the 2002 All-Ireland winner.

He added: "They have a very talented squad but just haven't been able to do it when it matters. I think we saw that again in this year's Ulster final against Cavan.

"If they can get themselves over the mental scars of the last couple of years, they have the squad to go up and change things."

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