Donegal stick with same XV for All-Ireland final

Donegal keep faith with the side that got the better of Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final for Sunday’s final against Mayo.

Donegal keep faith with the side that got the better of Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final for Sunday’s final against Mayo.

The Ulster champions have a clean bill of health and spent four days training last week at Johnstown House in Enfield, Co Meath, and then Carton House in Maynooth, Co Kildare.

Besides a couple of niggles here and there, the one real question mark was hanging over Ryan Bradley. The Buncrana club man was one of the leading lights in the provincial championship but struggled in Donegal’s 0-16 to 1-11 win over Cork, where Jim McGuinness later said the player had a shoulder injury.

Bradley was replaced after 29 minutes of that match by David Walsh, while Martin McElhinney has also played important roles of late, starting in the All-Ireland quarter final against Kerry and then coming off the bench again Cork.

“Ryan has started for us in every game in the Championship this year and has been playing well,” said Donegal assistant manager Rory Gallagher.

Centre-back Karl Lacey and centre-fielder Neil Gallagher both picked up minor hamstring injuries in a club match between their respective Four Masters and Glenswilly sides a week after the semi-final.

However, both players were withdrawn as a precautionary measure and trained the following week.

“We are very fortunate in that we are selecting from a fully fit squad,” Rory Gallagher continued. “A couple of players had minor strains, but they have all been integrated fully back into our training again and they’re all good to go for the weekend, thank God.”

DONEGAL: Durcan; McGrath, N McGee, F McGlynn; A Thompson, K Lacey, E McGee, N Gallagher, R Kavanagh; R Bradley, L McLoone, M McHugh; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden.