Minors take on Tyrone

Donegal Minors are chasing a second win when they face Tyrone in a second round tie in Ulster Minor Football League in Sean MacCumhaill Park. (Throw-in 12 noon)

Donegal won their opening game with a comfortable nine point 2-11 to 0-8 win over Fermanagh in Fr Tierney Park. Niall O’Donnell top scored for Donegal against the Fermanagh with 1-5, Shane McGrath scored the other goal.

Peadar Mogan and Enda McCormack, two each and Aidan McLaughlin and Eoghan Carr were the Donegal point scorers.

The ease of the victory allowed Donegal manager Shaun Paul Barrett give the full complement of replacements a run in the second half.

“It was good to get the win but it was our first game and we have a lot of things to work on,” said the Donegal boss.

“It is all about working towards building a settled team for the championship and that is the plan over the next few games,” said the Donegal manager, who is in his first year in the minor job but has worked with development squads in recent years.

Saturday’s game is Tyrone’s third game in the Ulster league. They have won one and lost one so far. They suffered a surprise defeat away to Antrim in their opening game, but bounced back with a good win over Derry in the second round.

Tyrone may have dropped points against Antrim, but if they did the Donegal manager is not reading too much into the outcome of that game.

“The Antrim game was their first game and I don’t know what the story is on it but they had a good win against Derry.

“From our experience playing Tyrone development squads of the last few years they have always the top team and it is for that reason we are expecting a tough test on Saturday.”

Jason McGee, one of the survivors from last year’s team, missed the Fermanagh game with concussion. Odhran Ferry and Enda McCormack picked up knocks in the Fermanagh game and Peadar Mogan was unwell during Abbey Vocational School’s All-Ireland quarter-final against Patrician High School on Saturday.

“Jason, Odhran and Enda have not trained since the Fermanagh game and we won’t know about their fitness until we see them this week.

“The news on Peadar is much better than first feared. He is fine. I was speaking to him on Monday. He was still in hospital and was expecting to get out on Tuesday.

“I haven’t discussed the matter of when he will be available to play again. My main concern over the weekend was for his well being.”

After Saturday, Donegal will have two games left to play. The are away to Derry on Tuesday April 5th and away to Antrim the following Saturday, April 9th.