Irish Independent name Donegal team of last 50 years

MICHAEL MURPHY and Karl Lacey are the only two current Donegal players to make The Irish Independent team of the last 50 years.

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).