Karl Lacey returned to action on Friday night as Donegal played Galway in their preparation for the Ulster Championship clash with Tyrone on May 26th in Ballybofey.
The GAA/GPA Player of the Year played the full match in the encounter which was played behind closed doors at Markievicz Park, Sligo.
Lacey’s return was just one of a number of good points from the game which Donegal won comfortably.
The All-Ireland champions were almost at full-strength with big Neil Gallagher, Paddy McGrath and the McGees also involved.
The All-Ireland winning full-forward line of Patrick McBrearty, Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden accounted for most of the scores with Murphy getting a goal and McBrearty registering a number of points.
Mark McHugh sat out the game but is expected to return to full training this weekend and should be okay for the Tyrone encounter, which would mean that Jim McGuinness and Rory Gallagher would almost have a full deck to select from for the crucial game.
With just three weeks to go to the crunch encounter, the countdown is on. It is expected that Donegal will have a training camp away from the county to make final preparations, possibly in Johnston House, a venue which they favoured last year. It is believed that camp will be held prior to the weekend before the big game.