Letterkenny Gaels manager, Sean McBrearty, would like nothing better than to win the Donegal Junior B championship in the year the club are celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Letterkenny Gaels face Downings, last year’s beaten finalists, in the decidedr on Sunday, in O’Donnell Park, in the first of the treble decker at the Letterkenny venue. (12.30 pm)
“We are celebrating our 20th anniversary later in the year and it would be nice to be able celebrate it with a Junior B championship,” said the Letterkenny manager and former Kilcar player.
“It would be a first adult championship for the club. We have won championships at underage and U-21B but we haven’t won anything at adult level.
“We were in the final three years ago but we were beaten by a good Naomh Ultan side. This is only our second adult final.”
McBrearty, who also manages the club’s first team, has a good mix of youth and experience available to him.
Stephen Doherty, Bobby Carey, Tommy Daly, Shane Gildea and Charlie Creevy are the experienced men in the the Letterkenny Gaels line up.
Downings are in their second final in-a-row. They lost last year’s decider in a close contest to a strong St Eunan’s
Joe Friel, Andy Coll and Oisin Cannon are the younger crop of players that have emerged from the underage ranks in recent season.
Francie McHugh is manager once again and he has the bulk of last year’s squad still available to him.
The one big addition is former county minor and U-21, Shane McClafferty, who has dropped down from the senior team this season.
“Shane is a great addition to the squad. He is a very experienced player and has the experience on playing in big games and finals both with the club and county,” said Francie McHugh.
“Otherwise all the main men from last year are back this year and they are determined to make up for the disappointment of losing to St Eunan’s.”
Team captain James McBride, Brendan McGee, Eric Roberts, Maxi Curran, Gerard McGee and Danny McBride along with Shane McClafferty are the experienced men in the Downings line-up.
LETTERKENNY GAELS: Aaron Diver, Aaron Stewart, Aidan Hanley, Alan Harrington, Andy Coll, Anthony McDaid, Bobby Carey, Charlie Creevy, Christy Nee,Ciaran Doherty, Declan McFadden, Eoin Kelly, Ger Gibbons, James McGlynn, Joe Friel, Niall McManus, Noel Gildea,Oisin Cannon, Oran MacMacken, Paul Devine, Paul McKenna, Shane Gildea, Stephen Doherty,Tommy Daly, Tristan Ferris,Wayne Keown.
DOWNINGS: James McBride ©, Brendan McGee, Ciaran McTeague, Paul Coyle, Martin Cullen, Naoise Cullen, Eric Roberts, Marty McLaughlin, Conor Shields, Gerard McGee, Hugo Davis, Brian Boyce, Gerard Coyle, Chris Carr, John Doherty, Barry 'Fenny' McBride, Maxi Curran, Patrick McGeever, Luke McBride, Seaghan McClafferty, Dale McFadden, Martin McBride, Danny McBride, Francie McHugh, Seamus McLaughlin.
Verdict: Letterkenny Gaels