Donegal have now named their side for Sunday’s NFL final with Mayo at Croker. As expected, they’re missing full-forward Brendan Devenney and half-forward Rory Kavanagh as well as wing-back Paddy McConigley from the side that started against Kildare in the semi-final. Tomas Donoghue comes in for McConigley, Christy Toye takes Kavanagh’s wing-forward place, while a reshuffled full-forward line sees Colm McFadden take the no.14 jersey, with Kevin McMenamin replacing him in the corner. Surprise, surprise: Kevin Cassidy’s appeal last night was successful and so he lines out at midfield. Donegal’s team in full is as follows:
P Durcan; N McGee, P Campbell, K Lacey; T Donoghue, B Monaghan, B Dunnion; N Gallagher, K Cassidy; C Bonner, B Roper, C Toye; K McMenamin, C McFadden, M Hegarty.
Incidentally, the version of our lineup for Sunday that’s being reported as correct is the one that was posted on the Mayo GAA website, not the RTE one that I proclaimed to be the true version. Really, I should have known: after all, RTE.ie comes from the same stable as the dreaded Aertel. For the record, here is the official lineout for Sunday:
D Clarke; L O’Malley, J Kilcullen, K Higgins; E Devenney, BJ Padden, P Gardiner; P Harte, D Heaney; G Brady, K O’Neill, A Moran; M Conroy, A Dillon, C Mortimer.
Also for the record, I don’t for one minute think we’ll stick to that formation in the forwards come Sunday.
That’s it – back tomorrow to discuss the U21s (Barry Moran’s busted honker and all) and the previews for Sunday.