Donegal seal promotion ahead of week in Portugal

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Donegal seal promotion ahead of week in Portugal
Donegal this week depart for training camp in Portugal safe in the knowledge that a place in the Allianz League Division Two final has been obtained.

Donegal this week depart for training camp in Portugal safe in the knowledge that a place in the Allianz League Division Two final has been obtained.

Jim McGuinness’s team yesterday defeated Armagh 2-10 to 1-8 at the Athletic Grounds to set up a date against Ulster champions Monaghan on Sunday, April 27.

Michael Murphy scored a goal in each half to secure promotion back to the top flight.

The clash with Monaghan will provide Donegal with another fixture ahead of their Ulster championship opener against Derry at Celtic Park on May 25.

“My wife (Yvonne) is calling it a holiday but we’re calling it a training camp,” McGuinness joked yesterday of the seven-day trip to the Algarve from Thursday.

“That’ll give us an opportunity to work on the things we’ve been working on. We will try and nail them down to move towards May 25.”

Derry face Mayo in the Division One semi-final after a weakened side lost to the same opponents 2-12 to 1-7.

“Derry’s form is very impressive and it will be a massive challenge to go into Celtic Park to try and win,” McGuinness aded. The week away will give us an opportunity to streamline things.”

Donegal’s win over Armagh meant relegation for the side managed by Paul Grimley, alongside a Louth team who were already domed before their 2-10 to 1-12 reversal at Meath yesterday.

Galway went down 0-13 to 0-12 against Monaghan but survived after winning their head-to-head with Armagh.

Laois also escaped after a 1-16 to 2-10 victory over Down.

It’s a busy week for Donegal with Maxi Curran’s team in the Ulster U-21 ginal back at the Athletic Grounds on Wednesday night.

Declan Bonner’s minors were awarded a walkover victory over Derry in the Ulster Minor League fixture that was to take place on Saturday.

With up to 15 players involved with St Pat’s of Maghera, who are in preparation for next weekend’s Hogan Cup final, Derry are unable to fulfil the fixture. Donegal have six points from six and travel to Antrim on Saturday.