Killybegs are to make a late desperate bid to have the one month ban picked up by midfielder Enda Murphy, lifted ahead of Sunday’s county final.
Murphy received a straight red card for a challenge on Malin’s Damien Harkin, in Killybegs’ semi-final win, the weekend before last.
The experienced Murphy, who is an integral part of Killybegs teams in recent years, is due to have his appeal heard by the Donegal Hearings’ Committee tomorrow night. He is central in manager Martin ‘Slua’ Boyle’s plans for Sunday’s showdown with the hotly fancied Glenswilly and Killybegs officials and management will be hoping that the appeal will be successful.
With Ronan Boyle, who missed the semi-final win over Malin, believed to be losing his battle to be fit and Brendan McGuire also rated doubtful, Boyle is anxious to have his first choice partner for Matthew Smyth, in midfield.
Should the appeal be successful Murphy will automatically slot in beside Smyth in the middle of the park.
However, should it fail and with Boyle reluctant to move new scoring sensation Hugh McFadden from full-forward, Barry Cannon seems Smyth’s most likely partner. The only difficulty with that is that Cannon, due to work commitments, has seen little or no game time all season and will be short on match fitness.
McGuire is struggling to shake off a rib injury picked up in the Malin game and has not trained since the semi-final. In the event that he loses his race to be fit, Pauric Gallagher, who replaced him in the semi-final, is his most likely replacement.
Killybegs are once again bringing Conal Molloy and Brendan Faherty home from Boston for the final. Both Molloy and Faherty returned for the semi-final and played key roles in the victory over the Inishowen side.
Meanwhile, there is growing concern in Glenswilly over the fitness of Ciaran Bonner. Bonner did not play in last Saturday evening’s Division Two league game against Termon and is receiving intensive treatment this week on a hamstring injury picked up in the semi-final win over Ardara.
Leon Kelly, who has been dogged by a hamstring strain all season and young Ryan Hunter are also major concerns for Glenswilly boss, Gary McDaid.
McDaid will also hope that his scoring ace and Ireland International Rules captain Michael Murphy comes through Ireland’s clash with Australia in the first of the International Rules Test games on Saturday night,in Kingspan Breffni Park.
Glenswilly,the champions two years ago, are playing in their third ever final while Sunday’s decider is Killybegs, ninth final, and first in three seasons.