Same again for Donegal against Dublin

Same again for Donegal against Dublin
Donegal have no fresh injury worries ahead of Saturday night’s eagerly awaited Allianz League clash with Dublin in Croke Park.

Donegal have no fresh injury worries ahead of Saturday night’s eagerly awaited Allianz League clash with Dublin in Croke Park.

On the back of last Saturday night’s victory over Derry in Ballybofey, manager Rory Gallagher is expected to stick with the starting fifteen which began last Saturday night’s league opener.

“Apart from Neil McGee, David Walsh and Colm McFadden, we have everybody. I haven’t heard from Patrick McBrearty yet, but I’m hopeful that he came through without any problem or I would have heard at this stage, “ Rory Gallagher, told the Democrat yesterday evening. McBrearty was part of the Jordanstown team that lost out to DCU in the Sigerson Cup yesterday.

“We are looking forward to the game; any time you get to play in Croke Park it is no ordinary game and especially when you are playing Dublin.

“It is always a special occasion and it is a game all players look forward to. It is also a great opportunity to give the younger lads in the squad the experience of playing in Croke Park.”

The Donegal starting team will not be released until Friday morning.

“We are training in Castlefin tonight and we will have a look at everybody before we finalise the team.

“But I do expect it will be much the same as that which started against Derry.”

Donegal registered a 1-15 to 0-12 victory over Derry, with Patrick McBrearty and Michael Murphy hitting 0-5 each and Odhran MacNiallais getting the goal in the second half.

Fourteen of the Donegal players that featured against Dublin in last August’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over Dublin, featured last Saturday night against Derry.

Dublin lost their opening game away to Cork last Sunday. The Leesiders won 1-15 to 0-17 against an experimental Dublin, in Pairc Ui Rinn.

Saturday night’s game is coming a couple of weeks too soon for the injured trio of Neil McGee, Colm McFadden and David Walsh.

“We have set a target of the Cork game for Neil, Colm and David. They have fully recovered from their injuries and it is just a matter of slowly getting them back to fitness.

“They haven’t trained collectively with the rest of the squad yet this year. They have been working away on their own but we expect to have them in the next week or so and the Cork game is the target for the three of them.”

The All-Ireland winning Donegal panel are due to go on holiday on Friday of next week to Dubai. Preparations for the Cork game will begin when they return a week later.