Markievicz Park in Sligo has been confirmed as the venue of the Allianz Hurling League Division 3A final between Donegal and Roscommon on Sunday, April 6, throw-in 2pm.
Ray Durack’s team have lost just once this term - ironically against Saturday week’s opponents in Athleague on a 3-11 to 0-15 scoreline earlier this month.
Barring that, Donegal have overcome Fermanagh 2-19 to 1-13 in their opener in Ballyshannon; won 1-20 to 3-9 in Longford; eased past Monaghan 3-16 to 1-7 and an experiemental side defeated Louth 2-15 to 1-5 in Darver on Sunday.
In fact, it was only last June when Donegal won their first Nicky Rackard Cup title with a 3-20 to 3-16 win over Roscommon in a thrilling decider at Croke Park.
This time last year, Donegal were on their way to a drab 1-9 to 1-5 defeat in the Division 3A final at Breffni Park against Fingal, who now play Armagh to retain their Division 2 status. The winners of Donegal and Roscommon then meet the losers of that particular fixture of promotion.
“ We never performed in last year’s league final, which was a disappointment,” Durack said this week.
“But we’ve come on a lot in recent years so as much as we’d love promotion, Roscommon is our focus for now.”