I’ve just come across this match report by Anthony Hennigan in the Western (with thanks to Dan for the prompt to have another hunt around to see if any such report existed) on last week’s challenge match with Donegal.
The issue of most interest, I guess, is the team, which showed seven changes from the side that started against London in Ruislip (seven tends to be JH’s minimum from match to match). In came David Clarke, Eoghan Reilly at full-back, Lee Keegan and Trevor Mortimer at wing-back, Aidan O’Shea at midfield, Kevin McLoughlin at wing-forward and Cillian O’Connor at corner-forward, replacing Robbie Hennelly, the two Feeneys, Chris Barrett, Jason Gibbons, Aidan Campbell and Trevor Howley. Mark Ronaldson, Aidan Campbell, James Burke, Peadar Gardiner, Cathal Freeman and Cathal Hallinan all got a run-out as well.
Anthony Hennigan makes the point in his report that Donegal’s two goals were scored by their centre-forward Martin McElhinny and that it was London’s 11 Paul Geraghty who inflicted the most damage on us too. Donal Vaughan’s hold on the no.6 jersey must therefore be coming under some pressure, although I have to say I’d be struggling to come up a name to fill what is probably our main problem position right now.