Win or bust for Donegal League in Oscar Traynor Cup

Win or bust for Donegal League in Oscar Traynor Cup
It is winner takes all when the Donegal League play the Sligo/Leitrim League in the Oscar Traynor Cup on Sunday in McSharry Park, Sligo (kick-off 2pm).

It is winner takes all when the Donegal League play the Sligo/Leitrim League in the Oscar Traynor Cup on Sunday in McSharry Park, Sligo (kick-off 2pm).

Donegal won their opening game 2-1 against the Cavan/Monaghan League before going down by the same margin away to the Inishowen League last time out.

That means that going into Sunday’s game, nothing short of a win will do for manager, Brian Dorrian, and the Donegal League if they are to make it to the next round of the competition.

“It is very close this year and going into the final round of games all four teams are in with a chance of qualifying from the group,” Brian Dorrian told the Democrat.

Sligo, with a win and a draw, top the group table on four points. Donegal and Inishowen are joint second on three points with the Cavan/Monaghan League on one point.

“It’s very simple really, we have to win on Sunday or else we are out. A draw is no good,” Brian Dorrian added.

“It’s win or nothing while a draw will do Sligo/Leitrim.”

Inishowen play Cavan/Monaghan in the other game in the group.

Joey Cullen, Milford United (knee), Dara Patton, Rathmullen Celtic (dead leg), Jason Noctor, St Catherine’s (tendinitis) and Lee White, Lifford Celtic are all on the treatment table this week.

And the manager is keeping his fingers crossed that all of the above will have recovered in time for Sunday’s make-or-break clash.

“They are all receiving treatment this week and they are using the hydro-pool at the Aura Leisure Centre,” the manager said.

“I’d be fairly confident that they will be fine by the weekend.”

Sligo/Leitrim defeated Inishowen 2-1 in their opening game but were held to a 1-1 draw in their last game against Cavan/Monaghan.

“They are a pretty decent side. I had them watched a couple of times and they have a number of Junior Internationals and couple of former League of Ireland players,” Brian Dorrian said.

“Keith Nibs and Chris Kelly are the Junior Internationals and I know Kelly from my time with Sligo Rovers. Colm Jinks and Sean Purcell - a former county GAA player with Roscommon - both played with Longford Town for a time.

“They are pretty strong at the back and are going to be hard to break down. But we have prepared as well as we can and we’re going to go all out to win.

“The objective from day one when I took over was to qualify from the group and that still is the aim.

“And to do that we must win on Sunday ,a draw is no good to us. It will be enough for Sligo which means it they are going to make it a little more difficult for us.”

Donegal trained on Tuesday night, indoors, in the Aura, and they are due to train tonight again at the Aura, before Dorrian finalises his selection.

Donegal Junior League squad: Lee White (Lifford Celtic), Caolan McGettigan (Milford United), Matthew Crossan (Kildrum Tigers), Jason Noctor (St Catherine’s), Gareth Colhoun (Kildrum Tigers), Ryan Shields (Kilmacrennan Celtic), Eoin Sheridan (Rathmullan Celtic) Glenn Gallagher (Lagan Harps), Shea Coyle (Rathmullan Celtic), Shane O’Rourke (St Catherine’s), Joey Cullen (Milford Utd), Kevin Kelly (Lagan Harps), Damian Crossan (Kildrum Tigers), Philip Whyte (Drumoghill FC), Kevin McGrath (Rathmullan Celtic), Ryan McFadden (Glenea Utd), Gary Crossan (Kildrum Tigers) Paul Friel (Kerrykeel 71 Club), Benny McLaughlin (Cappry Rovers), Gary Merritt (Milford Utd), Kyle Black (Cranford Utd), Dara Patton (Rathmullan Celtic), Richie Moore (Drumoghill FC).