McGuinness sticks with same XV for Galway

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

McGuinness sticks with same XV for Galway
Jim McGuinness, the Donegal manager, will keep faith with the same XV in Galway as hammered Laois in the Allianz League Division Two opener.

Jim McGuinness, the Donegal manager, will keep faith with the same XV in Galway as hammered Laois in the Allianz League Division Two opener.

Donegal got their campaign off to a flying start with a 2-19 to 1-9 victory over Laois at O’Moore Park last Sunday.

Christy Toye was named among the substitutes but started his first league match since March 2012 when Darach O’Connor was ruled out with a tight hamstring.

Toye played exceptionally well and was named the man of the match, having contributed to 1-8 of the 2-12 Donegal had on the board at the time of his withdrawal on 53 minutes.

The 30-year-old was initially taken off for blood sub Martin O’Reilly but failed to return when his facial injury was assessed.

“Christy got a nasty enough clash and needed five or six staples below his mouth on the chin but they will be out by Thursday,” McGuinness said.

“When he came off first he wanted to come back on but it was probably best to keep him where he was.”

Rory Kavanagh (sciatic nerve), Karl Lacey and Frank McGlynn (both hamstring) all got decent runs in Portlaoise as they eased back towards full fitness.

Neil Gallagheris named among the substitutes, in place of O’Connor, after his own hamstring strain but David Walsh and Thomas McKinley will miss out with grade two hamstring tears.

“We’d expect Darach to take a full part in training on Thursday,” McGuinness said.

Patrick McBrearty kicked five from play as NUI Maynooth enjoyed a comfortable 2-19 to 1-5 win Sigerson Cup win over IT Blanchardstown on Tuesday.

Galway endured an eventful first outing in Division Two when they went down 3-18 t0 4-11 in Navan against Meath.

“There was a lot of big scores all over the country and as the weeks go on you would have to assess just how much are because of the black card,” McGuinness added.

“I know from experience that every time you go to play Galway they’re going to have good forwards on show and at least three or four that can fill it at midfield.

“We’re very happy obviously with last weekend’s result and performance and we’d love to push on this week and get some traction. That’s the goal but it’s going to be away from home so it’s not easy.”

Donegal (NFL v Galway): Paul Durcan; Karl Lacey, Neil McGee, Ryan McHugh; Frank McGlynn, Leo McLoone, Anthony Thompson; Rory Kavanagh, Martin McElhinney; Mark McHugh, Christy Toye, Odhrán MacNiallais; Colm McFadden, Michael Murphy (captain), Dermot Molloy. Subs: Michael Boyle, Neil Gallagher, Declan Walsh, Éamonn Doherty, Gary McFadden, Hugh McFadden, Leon Thompson, Luke Keaney, Martin O’Reilly, Matthew Smyth, Patrick McBrearty.