McGuinness expects a full deck for the Ulster final

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

McGuinness expects a full deck for the Ulster final
Donegal manager Jim McGuinness expects to have a fully fit panel for Sunday’s Ulster SFC final against Monaghan in Clones.

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness expects to have a fully fit panel for Sunday’s Ulster SFC final against Monaghan in Clones.

McGuinness said last night he is happy with the progress of his two prime concerns, Karl Lacey and Neil Gallagher.

Lacey missed the entire Allianz League having had a hip operation at Christmas and returned to play an important cameo role in the 2-10 to 0-10 Ulster quarter-final win over Tyrone in May.

However, Lacey was forced go undergo keyhole surgery last month on a persistent knee cartilage injury and missed the 0-12 to 0-9 win over Down in the Ulster semi-final.

Gallagher also has a knee problem after straining ligaments playing for Glenswilly in the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC in June.

“We’re very happy with everyone,” McGuinness said last night. “Things are clearing up nicely and it looks like we will have a clean bill of health for the final on Sunday.

“Karl and Neil’s fitness is improving and I would expect they will be available for selection come Sunday.

“The game against Monaghan will be an almighty battle and from looking at the weather forecast, heat looks like it will be a factor. We’ve prepared very well.”

Donegal will train on Tuesday and Thursday this week and will spend Saturday night at the Slieve Russell Hotel in Cavan.

The clubs of the county are expected to get their ticket allocation tonight, Monday.

Donegal will have 10,500 tickets going through the clubs, while plenty of others have snapped up theirs through subscription to the GAA’s season tickets, SuperValu, Centra and tickets.ie.

“Anyone who wants a ticket for the Ulster final will get one,” said Donegal county board secretary Aodh Mairtín O’Fearraigh.

“The clubs will get the best quality of tickets.”