Middle third of the field will be vital area against Derry

Middle third of the field will be vital area against Derry
It has to be all about Sunday week from now on. Donegal still have most of the All-Ireland squad available and even though they will be without Rory (Kavanagh) and Mark McHugh, they should have enough.

It has to be all about Sunday week from now on. Donegal still have most of the All-Ireland squad available and even though they will be without Rory (Kavanagh) and Mark McHugh, they should have enough.

Rory was our most consistent performer in the league but it is up to Big Neil now to step up alongside Martin McElhinney, who has the ability to perform at this level.

One thing that I feel will suit us is Celtic Park. It is a little confined and that should suit us more than Derry. They have a few nice forwards but other than Mark Lynch, they don’t have too much power. O’Boyle is a threat but the McGees should look after him.

It’s a big ask going into Celtic Park and they will be slight favourites with McHugh and Kavanagh out.

I see where Donal Reid feels it may be the last championship campaign for a few of the squad but I remember Donal said he was retiring after 1992, but he stayed on!

There are a good few players with miles on the clock, but winning will give them the appetite to carry on

Derry had a very good league up to the last game when they ran into a truck.

Derry played with most of the same team throughout league and they were fitter than most. Most teams are now at same level of fitness. They have no championship history and we have. When push comes to shove, that will make a difference.

I would be looking to the Twin Towns (Murphy and McFadden) up front but we need to work hard in the midfield sector - 5 to 12. We replaced all three half-forwards, a midfielder and half-back the last day - this sector has to stand up.

I would have great hope for the minors. Derry will have the Maghera lads back and we can’t underestimate them. It would be nice to do the double.

Congratulations to the Donegal hurlers, who are back on track with a good win over Monaghan and they are good enough to defeat Louth and be in contention to retain the Nicky Rackard.

Focal Scur

I just hope that the Mark McHugh situation could be resolved and reversed. It would be good for Donegal going into the summer.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Peter Campbell