Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has named a strong starting XV as his side open their Dr McKenna Cup campaign against Tyrone at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny on Sunday (throw-in 2pm).
Last year’s minor captain Darach O’Connor starts in the full-forward line alongside 2012 All-Stars Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden. Leo McLoone will continue play at centre-back after Karl Lacey picked up a hamstring injury in the 2-13 to 0-10 challenge match win over Roscommon on Sunday last in Convoy.
Frank McGlynn will play his 99th game for Donegal after being named at corner back.
Odhran MacNiallais from Gaoth Dobhair will partner Rory Kavanagh of St Eunan’s at centre-field, while Gary McFadden, who impressed for Glenswilly in their run to the AIB Ulster Club Championship final, lines up in the half-forwards
After Sunday’s opener, Donegal will play Armagh at the Athletic Grounds seven days later and then Queen’s University, Belfast, on Wednesday. January 15 under lights in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey..
Donegal team: Paul Durcan; Frank McGlynn, Eamon McGee, Eamon Doherty; Anthony Thompson, Leo McLoone, Declan Walsh; Rory Kavanagh, Odhrán MacNiallais; Gary McFadden, Martin O’Reilly, Dermot Molloy; Darach O’Connor, Michael Murphy, Colm McFadden.