Bonner happy with minor club championship

Bonner happy with minor club championship
Donegal minor manager Declan Bonner is happy enough with the decision of Donegal regional board officials on the minor club championship.

Donegal minor manager Declan Bonner is happy enough with the decision of Donegal regional board officials on the minor club championship.

This, despite the fact that the Northern Regional Board have decided to go ahead with the playing of the Northern Minor Championship. The manager had made an appeal to both the Northern and Southern boards for all games in the minor championship to be postponed until after the Ulster minor final on July 20th.

Bonner made the appeal in the immediate aftermath of last Sunday’s 2-19 to 1-10 semi-final victory over Antrim in Clones.

Both regional boards were due to begin their championships last night. However, the Southern Board have decided to postpone theirs while the Northern board have decided to go ahead with theirs and play two rounds over the next couple of weeks, beginning on Monday night next.

“I’m happy with the decision of the Northern Board and I can work with their decision. They have fixed their games for a Monday night which means I have the players for the rest of the week. I certainly can work with the decision,” said the Donegal boss.

“It means we have a clean run at training between now and the final,” added Bonner, who had his squad back training for the first time on Tuesday since their second half demolition of Antrim.

“We had a good session last night and with the exams over it was the first night we had the full squad together and it is heads down now over the next few weeks in the build up to the final.”

Gavin McBride, Gaoth Dobhair, quad muscle injury picked up in a club game two weeks ago, and Niall Friel, also Gaoth Dobhair, knee injury, are the Donegal boss’s injury concerns.

“Gavin is undergoing treatment and we expect to have him for the final. In the case of Niall, he is to have a scan on a knee injury tomorrow (Thursday), but we don’t think it is anything too serious and we are also hopeful of having him for the final.”

Donegal will face either Armagh or Monaghan in the final. They meet this Saturday, in Clones, in the second semi-final.

The Donegal boss is heading to St Tiernach’s Park, on Saturday evening to run the rule over his final opponents.