The Donegal Youth League might receive a reprieve in the FAI Youth Inter-League tournament as the Sligo/Leitrim Youth League select are under investigation by the FAI’s Disciplinary Committee for fielding up to three illegal players.
Martin Duffy’s Donegal side went down 3-1 against Sligo-Leitrim at An Screaban in Gweedore on Sunday afternoon.
Matthew Spratt, Robbie Cunningham and Tobi Lawal scored the goals for the visitors, while Jamie Brennan bagged the Donegal goal.
However, Donegal Youth League chairman Terry Leyden was telephoned on Monday by Terry Hayes, the secretary of the Sligo/Leitrim Youth League, to say there were three players under investigation for alledgedly being illegal.
Leyden expects the matter to be dealt with before Donegal take on the Mayo Youth League in their second fixture in the competition on Saturday, November 23, away from home at Milebush.
“From personal experience of working in discipline [with the Donegal League], we always try and sort issues at the very next meeting and I would expect the same to happen here.
“I would think it will be sorted out one way or another by the time we travel to face Mayo in our next match on Saturday week.”
Mayo opened their campaign with a 4-2 win at Maginn Park in Buncrana - a match in which they trailed twice - against the Inishowen League earlier this month.
The top two from the four-team group will qualify for the knockout stages of the competition, which will be made up of 12 teams.
Donegal welcome neighbours Inishowen in their final group stage encounter in early January.
Donegal won the competition for the one and only time back in 2003 when Anthony Gorman’s team defeated the Eircom League on penalties in the final at Ballyare following a scoreless draw.