Sean MacCumhaill’s will contest their first ever Ulster Club Junior Championship final on Sunday when they meet Antrim’s Lamh Dhearg in Owenbeg (12.30pm throw-in).
It’s been a season to remember for the Donegal champions and now that they’ve reached a provincial decider, their manager Eamon McAuley is praying for a win.
“We’ve done all our preparations now,” he said. “We know we’re up against a good side but if the gods are good to us on Sunday, we know we can win.”
McAuley said there’s been a real buzz around the Twin Towns since his team’s semi final win over Liatroim on October 9th. That two-point victory in Maghera followed their quarter-final win over Derry’s Na Magha.
“It’s fantastic for the players and for the club,” he said.
“We’ve had some really tough games this year. You don’t even have to leave Donegal to get tough games where we’ve come up against different styles of hurling.
“It’s been no different in Ulster. We’ve dealt with whatever we’ve come up against and hopefully we can do the same on Sunday.”
The MacCumhaill’s team isn’t likely to show too many changes from the team that beat Liatroim last time out. Ciaran Matthewson remains unavailable as he’s on duty with the Irish Army. Defender Michael Lillis is a major doubt due to sickness but his manager insists there’s plenty of cover if needed.
“You never hear me saying that we’re down a man. We’ve got a squad of 27 and everyone of those players is capable of coming in and doing a job.”
Unfortunately MacCumhaill’s won’t be in their traditional white shirts on Sunday. Both clubs wear predominantly white colours but the Donegal club lost a toss for colours this week and will instead line out in their changed strip of green.