Donegal students at University Games

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Donegal students at University Games
Donegal will have more than a passing interest in the World University Games that are getting underway in Russia.

Donegal will have more than a passing interest in the World University Games that are getting underway in Russia.

Letterkenny native Cillian Morrison and Castlefin’s Raymond Foy are in the men’s squad, while Termon duo Roisin McCafferty and Geraldine McLaughlin join Ciara Grant from Letterkenny as part of the ladies’ panel.

Morrison, who can play wide midfield or up front, is a student at UCD and also plays for the Belfield club.

Prior to attending UCD, Morrison played Gaelic football with St Eunan’s and was also a member of Jim McGuinness’s team in the 2010 All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin.

He is joined on the 20-man squad by midfielder Foy, a student of Carlow IT, who made his first team debut for Derry City as they defeated Finn Harps on penalties in the EA Sports League Cup in May.

The Irish men, who are managed by Danny Crowley, open their fixtures against Russia in Kazan on Friday, kick-off 5pm Irish time. They face China on Monday and Mexico on Wednesday.

Three play-offs games will take place thereafter.

Goalkeeper McCafferty and striker McLaughlin both play with Kilmacrennan Celtic FC as well as IT Sligo.

They are also part of their local Termon GAA club, as well as Hughie Molloy’s Donegal senior panel.

McLaughlin was called into Sue Ronan’s senior Irish squad for last month’s international friendly, a 2-2 draw with Austria at Tallaght.

Grant played in that game having made her senior debut last year in the United States.

She had a host of successes at underage level and is a student at UCD and plays for Raheny United.

The Irish ladies open their campaign against China at 8am Irish time on Friday prior to outings against Canada on Sunday and Mexico on Tuesday.

The World University Games in Kazan run from July 5 to 17.