Added bite between Ulster teams says McHugh

There’s always that added intensity when Ulster sides clash and last Sunday was no different says Donegal’s Ryan McHugh.

The Kilcar clubman is one of the more experienced players on the Donegal panel, having been around during Jim McGuinness’ first stint.

McGuinness gave McHugh his first start in a Donegal jersey back in 2014. That same year, the Tir Chonaill men reached the All-Ireland final.

They beat Armagh along the way, by the minimum of margins, in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

“We’ve got to know each other well over the last number of years”, said McHugh following Sunday’s draw.

“All the Ulster counties, there’s always that wee bit of extra niggle. Within Division Two this year there’s nearly a league within a league with all the Ulster teams.

“To be fair they’re all doing well. It’s Armagh, Donegal and Cavan at the top and Fermanagh are there as well.

“Every time you play Ulster teams there’s that wee bit of extra bite in it and that’s what you want as a player.

“You want the tight battles to see where you’re at. Against Armagh, we showed that we’re not that far away.”

There’s always that added intensity when Ulster sides clash and last Sunday was no different says Donegal’s Ryan McHugh.
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Championship feel

There was a championship atmosphere to Sunday’s encounter as both sides put their unbeaten records on the line.

As it panned out, both still remain unbeaten, bit it was unquestionably the toughest game both sides have had in the league so far.

“There was a championship feel to the game,” added McHugh, son of 1992 All-Ireland winner Martin.

“The more matches we get like that the better. The last number of years haven’t been where we want to be in Donegal.

“Thankfully we’re getting back to that this year but it’s definitely a long, long road ahead. We can only focus on ourselves and hopefully we can get over Louth next weekend.”