Donegal to prove the bookies are almost always right!

Donegal to prove the bookies are almost always right!
Peter Campbell @dgldemocrat

It’s a foregone conclusion according to the bookies. Donegal 1/6, Fermanagh 5/1. So why would Fermanagh turn up in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey on Sunday next.

According to the experts, the Maguire men should be planning for a long trip to Wexford for the Qualifiers!

But there is something uneasy about all of this. There is no buzz in Donegal. Maybe that is deliberate from the management. There has been no 4-5 day training camp, just an overnight in Downings a number of weeks ago.

Donegal had to regroup after a poor finish to the league, while Fermanagh have a championship game under their belts and in recent times there is no fear of Donegal in that county.

Indeed, in the new millennium the results show that Fermanagh have won four of the seven championship meetings, losing two with one drawn.

In all the counties have met just 12 times in championship and those four victories in the new millennium are the only victories for the Maguire men.

And remember the first of those wins came in 2000 when none other than Rory Gallagher chipped THAT goal and accounted for 1-6 of the Fermanagh tally.

And if ever there was a good time to play Donegal, it could be now. Then again a trip to Wexford might be a motivating factor for Donegal to turn up on Sunday next too!

It will be a clash of experience against youth; battle hardened All-Stars against a group of footballers who are on an upward curve under Peter McGrath.

It’s easy to see why the bookies would see it as one sided. Rory Kavanagh will be playing his 50th championship game; St. Michael’s pair Colm Anthony McFadden and Christy Toye will be playing their 62nd and 60th games if called to action.

The latter may be held in reserve and may be needed. But then if the Donegal leaders such as the McGees, Paddy McGrath, Frank McGlynn, Karl Lacey, Ryan McHugh, Leo McLoone and Michael Murphy are up for the battle, it is difficult to see how Fermanagh could prevail.

Remember, the bookies are rarely wrong!