Donegal captain Michael Murphy has called on the Donegal County Board to reconsider the scheduling of the senior championship this weekend.
Murphy made the call in the wake of Donegal’s win over Down in the Ulster semi-final in Kingspan Breffni Park by 0-12 to 0-9.
Already without Karl Lacey and Neil Gallagher, manager Jim McGuinness had to use his panel to the full having lost both Ryan Bradley and Frank McGlynn to concussion by the start of the second half and Patrick McBrearty was also suffering from a tooth abscess prior to the match.
Three of the club championship groups are scheduled to be completed this coming weekend with a number of pivotal ties down for decision on both Saturday and Sunday.
Then, the following weekend of July 6/7, Group 3’s final fixtures, with Killybegs, Dungloe, Termon and Gaoth Dobhair are due to take place after the latter’s involvement in the Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta in Rinn, Co Waterford on June Bank Holiday. The Ulster final is down for Sunday, July 21, against either Cavan or Monaghan.
“Please God we can get these injuries to clear up,” Murphy said yesterday. “It looks like club championship is on this weekend and it’s probably not ideal from our situation. That’s the way we’re going to have to take it though and make do with the hand we’re dealt with.”
Murphy’s acknowledged the county board did accommodate Donegal’s preparations for the last two provincial final wins and believes it would be the best method to help with a third successive Ulster championship tilt.
“It’s whatever the county board see it really. For us to prepare to the best we can for an Ulster final we’d like them to look after us in that way.”
Donegal manager Jim McGuinness would not be drawn on the issue yesterday.