Donegal named their team for Sunday a short time ago (thanks to Sean Burke for the tip-off). As was fairly widely anticipated, Mark McHugh isn’t included in the starting fifteen but last year’s Footballer of the Year Karl Lacey is. Here’s the team in full:
Donegal (All-Ireland SFC quarter-final v Mayo, 4/8/2013): Paul Durcan (Four Masters); Paddy McGrath (Ardara), Neil McGee (Gaoth Dobhair), Eamon McGee (Gaoth Dobhair); Frank McGlynn (Glenfin), Karl Lacey (Four Masters), Anthony Thompson (Naomh Conaill); Neil Gallagher (Glenswilly), Rory Kavanagh (Naomh Adhamhnain); Ryan Bradley (Buncrana), Ryan McHugh (Kilcar), David Walsh (Naomh Bríd); Paddy McBrearty (Kilcar), Michael Murphy (Glenswilly), Colm McFadden (Dunfanaghy).
So, despite all the talk about their injury ‘crisis’, that starting fifteen contains thirteen of the side that lined out against us in last year’s All-Ireland final. Along with McHugh – who is replaced in the starting fifteen by his young brother Ryan – the only other absentee from last September is Leo McLoone, with David Walsh taking his place. As far as I know, this is a tactical switch and not one that’s injury-enforced. The side named for Sunday also shows just the one change from that which started against Laois last Saturday evening, with Lacey replacing Declan Walsh at centre-back.