Donegal back in action this Sunday

Donegal back in action this Sunday
Peter Campbell sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Donegal get the first competitive action of the new season this Sunday when they take on Sligo in a challenge game in Letterkenny.

The game takes place in Colaiste Ailigh with a 1.30 p.m. throw-in with all proceeds going to Colaiste Ailigh.

After getting back to collective training last weekend, this will be the first opportunity for Donegal manager, Rory Gallagher, to run the rule over a big raft of new recruits that have been brought into the squad.

Many of the senior members will be joining David Walsh in celebrating his marriage to Candice Gormley on Saturday and the manager will be pleased to get the opportunity to give the young lads a chance.

"We had a gentle return to training last weekend and this will be a good opportunity for us. The game will be 13-a-side as the pitch at Colaiste Aililgh is not full size. We are very happy to play the game there as they have been very good to us last year providing the facility for us to train," said Gallagher.

The manager also has an eye on the upcoming Dr. McKenna Cup games which will begin on Sunday, 8th January with a home game against University of Ulster, Jordanstown.

"It will be a good opportunity for us to give the young fellas a run," said Gallagher.

The Donegal boss hopes to give the likes of Cillian Morrison, Michael Langan, Jason McGee, Christopher McLaughlin and Cian Mulligan a run on Sunday along with players who have been in the squad for some time, Caolan Ward, Stephen McBrearty, Darach Jigger O'Connor, etc.

The manager also has an eye on the upcoming Dr. McKenna Cup games which will begin on Sunday, 8th January with a home game against University of Ulster, Jordanstown.

"It will be a good opportunity for us to give the young fellas a run," said Gallagher, who said that it is a difficult situation for Donegal with 14 players college tied.

"Because many of our senior team will only be returning to training in January, our Dr. McKenna Cup panel will predominatly be an U-21 squad. Declan (Bonner) has games in the North West Cup, but we had a meeting earlier and we felt this would give the U-21 squad a good chance to have some preparation for the championship," said Gallagher, who added that the senior management would co-operate with the U-21s management in relation to any senior players needed.

The game on Sunday is a fund-raiser for the college with admission 8 euro.