We preview and have live gaa score updates as Derry and Donegal battle it out for a place in the Ulster semi finals on Sunday afternoon.
Derry and Donegal reached the final of their respective divisions. Derry played in the divsion 1 final against Dublin and were hammered, Donegal played reigning Ulster champions Monaghan in the division 2 decider a game in which they also lost.
In recent weeks turmoil has struck the Donegal camp with several players leaving the squad, most noteably was All Ireland winner and All Star Mark McHugh. Donegal still have the quality to reach and Ulster Final and progress to the quarter finals in August.
The players such as Michael Murphy, Patrick McBrearty and Colm McFadden in attack are well capable of destroying any defence in the country. In defence Donegal possess Karl Lacey, Frank McGlynn and Neill McGee. These players would get on any inter county side in Ireland.
The Derry team also have excellent forwards with Mark Lynch running the show from centre forward. The middle of the park is bolstered by Fergal Doherty and Patsy Bradley both capable of winning a lot of ball. In defence Chrissy McKaigue is main man at full back and his performances so far this season could see him get an all star.
The form of both teams in the league was good as reaching the respective finals tells us. However, championship football is a lot different to league. Derry will have home advantage in a packed out Celtic Park. This is a very hard game to call and the bookies odds illustrate this.
However, with the scoring threat of Murphy, McBrearty and McFadden the slightest nod will be given to Donegal.
Derry - Thomas Mallon; Dermot McBride, Gareth McKinless, Chrissy McKaigue; Kevin Johnston, Mark Lynch, Gerard O’Kane; Fergal Doherty, Patsy Bradley; Ciaran McFaul, Sean Leo McGoldrick, Enda Lynn; Benny Heron, Emmett McGuckin, Cailean O’Boyle.
Donegal - Paul Durcan; Eamon McGee, Neil McGee, Karl Lacey; Frank McGlynn, Leo McLoone, Anthony Thompson; Neil Gallagher, Martin McElhinney; Christy Toye, Ryan McHugh, Odhran MacNiallais; Patrick McBrearty, Michael Murphy, Colm McFadden.
Derry had a very good league campaign but were badly beaten by Dublin, so we fancy Donegal to win by 4pts or more at 3/1 with Boylesports.com