U-21 hurlers seek All-Ireland B final place

Peter Campbell

Reporter:

Peter Campbell

Andrew Wallace will take his U-21 hurlers to Ballinamore on Saturday searching for a place in the All-Ireland B final with Westmeath as the opposition.

Andrew Wallace will take his U-21 hurlers to Ballinamore on Saturday searching for a place in the All-Ireland B final with Westmeath as the opposition.

Donegal are in the last four after winning the Ulster U-21 Shield competition. The reward for winning in Ulster was a place in the A competition in Ulster and the B competition at All-Ireland level.

They were beaten by Armagh in the Ulster A competition and will face another tough test against Westmeath, a county that is regularly competing at Christy Ring level.

Donegal manager, Andrew Wallace, feels there may be a need for a C competition, bearing in mind that Donegal’s minor hurlers suffered a heavy defeat recently against Roscommon in an All-Ireland B quarter-final.

“There may be room for a C competition as there is a big gulf in standards. The Donegal minors suffered a heavy defeat and we would be hoping not to do the same.

“But there is no good talking negative. We wouldn’t be having this conversation if we did not win the Ulster Shield,” said Andrew.

Travelling to Ballinamore will be new territory for Andrew and the Donegal hurlers. “We would normally be going to Carrick-on-Shannon but I’ve seen recently that Ballinamore is being used,” said Andrew, who was busy with a new arrival in the Wallace household this week.

“We did well against Armagh, especially in the first half. They went on to beat Down and were only beaten in the final by two points.

“They were no superstars and we have learned that you must play ot the end. There is little difference between skill levels, it is all do with speed,” said Andrew, who feels that Donegal just lack games at this level.

“Saturday will be new territory for us but we will give it a lash,” said Andrew.

Donegal’s challenge will be led by the likes of senior players Lee Henderson, Ciaran Mathewson and Sean McVeigh and young players such as Marty O’Reilly and Ronan McDermott.

If they can reproduce the form which saw them show great courage against Tyrone in the Ulster Shield final in Clones then anything is possible.