Right, then – it’s less than a week now to our next League match, a tough one up at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey against table-topping Donegal. The match throws in on Sunday at 2pm and it’s also being broadcast live on TG4.
Donegal have started this League campaign in the best possible fashion. They trounced Down in the first round and then gave Cork – handy winners over us in the opening round – a sound enough thumping in round two. It’s no surprise, then, that they lead the table by virtue of their impressive points difference tally, which currently stands at +27.
They’re clearly not resting our their laurels either. Rory Gallagher took his charges to Tenerife last week for a five-day training camp so we can expect them to be well drilled and focused on the battle the next day.
Our lads haven’t, though, been idle themselves. The three-week break between rounds 2 and 3 will enable some of the injured lads – notably experienced players like Lee Keegan, Keith Higgins and Kevin McLoughlin – to get back to full fitness.
We’ll need as strong an outfit as we can muster for Sunday. Donegal will obviously feel they owe us one after last year’s All-Ireland quarter-final and meetings between the two counties have been anything but tame in recent years. Sunday’s clash is unlikely to buck that particular trend.
There’s no word yet, of course, on line-ups for Sunday. It’ll be at least Thursday (or later) before that kind of detail emerges.
One bit of info we do have is that the match will be reffed by Derry’s Barry Cassidy. The last time we had the pleasure of his company was, from what I can see, a long time ago – back in March 2012 against Down.
The bookies have installed Donegal as strong favourites to win on Sunday – they’re on offer with Paddy Power at 4/7. Never mind about where the money is going, though – what are you feeling in your waters about this one? I know you’ve probably had your fill and more right now on the topic of polls but what about Sunday’s encounter: how will we do in it?
How will we do against Donegal?
- Win (52%, 210 Votes)
- Lose (41%, 166 Votes)
- Draw (8%, 31 Votes)
Total Voters: 407