Donegal has a strong interest in this year’s Sigerson Cup football finals, which are being hosted by NUI, Galway tomorrow Friday and Saturday.
The University of Ulster, Jordanstown (UUJ) and Dublin City Univeristy (DCU) have strong Donegal involvement.
Naomh Conail pair of Leo McLoone and Eoin Waide are central figures in the UUJ line-up while Michael Boyle, Antoin McFadden and injured pair Martin McElhinney and Micheal Murphy are members of the DCU squad, as is Naomh Conaill’s, Cathal Ellis.
Boyle and McFadden have featured in DCU’s run to the final, Boyle as the club’s number one net minder while McFadden has had a number of outings and played in last Friday night’s O’Byrne Cup final victory over Kildare.
McElhinney and Murphy have missed all of the DCU campaign through well documented injuries. However, McElhinney is believed to have made a full recovery from the ankle injury that has sidelined him in recent weeks and is expected to face UUJ in tomorrow’s semi-final.
Amazingly, the word emerging from DCU this week is that Murphy, who underwent groin surgery last month and has not featured yet for Donegal in the Allianz League, could be on the bench. Donegal manager Jim McGuinness as well as his father, Mick, had ruled him out for another few weeks at least.
DCU face UUJ in the second semi-final tomorrow at Dangan, the home ground of N.U.I.G., at 3.30 pm while defending champions UCC play N.U.I., Maynooth in the other semi-final, also in Dangan, at 1.30 pm.
The final is on Saturday, in Pearse Stadium, Salthill, at 3 pm.