Donegal’s quest to reach a first ever All-Ireland minor championship final takes another step this Saturday when they take , on Roscommon in Sligo.
Donegal’s record at minor level has not set the world on fire. Their win over Armagh in this year’s Ulster final was just their sixth Ulster crown. Many good teams have been among the previous five, but none have made the final step to play on All-Ireland final day.
In 1956, Donegal lost out to Leitrim; in 1985, Cork denied Donegal and the Rebels were again in the way in the semi-final of 1991.
In 1996, Laois denied the side led by Anthony Molloy by a single point, while Kerry proved too good for Donegal on their last try in 2006.
Now Declan Bonner is the latest to bring a Donegal side on the All-Ireland road. Like 2006, they face a quarter-final before the final eliminator.
Should they overcome Roscommon on Saturday next, they will meet either Dublin or Cork in the semi-final, which would be a curtain raiser to the second of the senior All-Ireland semi-finals, which could involved the Donegal seniors.
That semi-final is set for the last Sunday in August (31st).
We need to get behind this team and give them the support they need on Saturday next in Markievicz Park, Sligo.