Donegal’s eagerly awaited Ulster final meeting with Monaghan will be an all ticket game the Ulster Council confirmed yesterday.
Tickets for the game went on sale yesterday on line and are expected to go on sale at the usual outlets within the next few days. Donegal officials hope to have the tickets with the clubs by the weekend.
While there has been controversy over the quality of tickets distributed to the clubs, Donegal secretary Aodh Mairtín O’Fearraigh confirmed to the Democrat last night that the best tickets will be available to the clubs and the clubs only.
“All of the Gerry Arthurs Stand (the main Stand in St. Tiernach’s Park) and the vast majority of the Pat McGrane Stand (uncovered Stand) will be distributed to the clubs,” said Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh.
“A small quantity of tickets in the Pat McGrane Stand, in the corner, will be available on line and at the usual outlets, but all the quality tickets will be only available through the clubs.”
Ticket prices are as follows: East Stand, Adult €25, U-16s €5; O’Duffy Terrace, Adult €15, U-16s €5; Pat McGrane Stand €25, U-16s €5, Hill Terrace,€ 15, U-16s , Gerry Arthurs Stand €27, senior citizen €15, and U-16, €5.
That means there is no change in prices from last year.
Clubs are currently taking orders and they are expected to begin the distribution of the tickets by the middle of next week.
Meanwhile, the Donegal squad returned to training on Tuesday night after a weekend of club action including eight games in the Donegal Senior Club championship.
And with the exception of All-Star midfielder Neil Gallagher and reserve keeper Michael Boyle, all the rest of the squad took a full part in Tuesday night’s session.
“Neil didn’t train on Tuesday night. He probably returned a little early by coming on for Glenswilly on Saturday night. But we expect him to be fine by the weekend and take a full part in training again at the weekend,” assistant manager Rory Gallagher told the Democrat.
“Michael Boyle is suffering from infection at the moment but he will be fine for the final.
“But other than that everything is going well. A number of the lads have championship games this weekend and once that is over the total concentration will be on Monaghan and the final.”
Donegal will train again tonight and on Sunday and from then the players will be free to focus solely in the final.
Karl Lacey’s return to fitness took another step down the road to recovery when he came on as a sub for Four Masters in their championship game with Glenfin. He also took a full part in Tuesday night’s training session.
“Karl has come on really well. He played on Saturday night and he came through that game no bother and he took a full part in training on Tuesday night. He is going really well and we are very confident that he will be fit to face Monaghan,” he said.
Paddy McGrath, who sat out Ardara’s game with Sean MacCumhaill’s last weekend as he continued his rehab with his groin injury, also returned to training on Tuesday night and is expected to be 100% for the final.
“After this weekend, we have two full weeks to prepare for the final and hopefully the lads that have club championship games this weekend come through without any problems.
Gallagher also reported that the mood in the camp was very upbeat and they were really looking forward to the final and having a crack at winning a first ever three in-a-row Ulsters.
David Coldrick is being tipped to referee the final. His appointment is expected to be made in the next few days.