Hurlers face Monaghan in Lory Meagher Cup

Donegal hurlers are back in Nicky Rackard Cup action this Saturday, when they go toe to toe with Monaghan in a quarter-final tie in St. Tiernach’s Park, Clones (throw-in 2.30pm).

Donegal hurlers are back in Nicky Rackard Cup action this Saturday, when they go toe to toe with Monaghan in a quarter-final tie in St. Tiernach’s Park, Clones (throw-in 2.30pm).

Boosted by their first round win over Roscommon in O’Donnell Park last Saturday, confidence is high in the Donegal camp this week. And given that they have an old score to settle with Monaghan from their opening game in the league when they suffered a heavy defeat in Clones, there is extra incentive to win.

Setanta’s Danny Cullen will once again lead Donegal from full-forward while the attack will also include Niall Campbell, Enda McDermott, Eugene Organ, Lee Henderson and young Ronan McDermott as manager Ray Durack has reported a clean bill of health.

“Confidence is high after the win over Roscommon and we are looking forward to meeting Monaghan and hopefully making it through to the semi-final,” the manager said.

“Monaghan beat us in the league but we hadn’t an awful lot of work done and we are certainly in better shape and are much stronger than the last time we met.”

Monaghan were the surprise package of the Div. 3A League and went all the way to the league final. They refused to play the Div. 3A decider after a row over club championship fixtures and the resignation of manager, Mattie Lennon.