MICHAEL MURPHY and Karl Lacey are the only two current Donegal players to make The Irish Independent team of the last 50 years.
Twenty-two-year-old Murphy lines out at full-forward in the fictional team, while three-time All-Star Lacey slots in at right corner-back. Murphy will be an absentee for Sunday’s Ulster championship preliminary round clash against Cavan due to a lateral ligament injury, while Lacey is expected to feature having returned from a hamstring injury of late.
Kevin Cassidy is another one of last year’s victorious Ulster championship team on the XV, lining out at left wing-back, while Donegal Democrat columnists Brian McEniff and Manus Boyle line out at right wing-back and left corner-forward respectively.
Anthony Molloy and Sean Ferriter, two former Donegal captains, occupy the centre-field positions. Martin McHugh, the 1992 Texaco footballer of the year, is at centre-forward.
The full line-up is: Seamus Hoare (60s and 70s); Karl Lacey (present), Pauric McShea (60s and 70s), Barry McGowan (80s and 90s); Brian McEniff (60s and 70s), Martin Gavigan (80s and 90s), Kevin Cassidy (2000s and 10s); Anthony Molloy (80s and 90s), Sean Ferriter (60s and 70s); Martin Carney (70s), Martin McHugh (80s and 90s), Mickey McLoone (60s); Tony Boyle (90s and 200s), Michael Murphy (present), Manus Boyle (90s and 90s).