Cork v Donegal
Saturday, McCann Park Portarlington, noon (Referee: Damian Brazil, Uíbh Fhailí)
DONEGAL’S defence of their All-Ireland vocational schools title could very well be scuppered by the loss of three key players this weekend.
Conor Greene, Ryan McHugh and Eoin McHugh are unlikely to play any part in the final according to their manager Seosamh McKelvey.
Greene is a certain miss out as he damaged knee ligaments, while McKelvey his hoping that he might get some game time out of Ryan McHugh, who had a broken finger, and Eoin McHugh (shoulder injury).
For McKelvey, losing all three would create a dire situation
“It would be a very serious loss. Eoin was man of the match in the Ulster final, Conor Greene was man of the match in the semi-final and Ryan was the best player in a friendly against Maghera.”
Donegal beat Cavan 3-8 to 1-6 in the Ulster final almost a fortnight ago. Brendan McLaughlin, Cathal McGettigan and Eoin McHugh scored the goals while Patrick McBrearty scored 0-4.
McKelvey was pleased with the win, but he did have one concern about the performance.
“They did well to win after a poor start. Cavan came out of the blocks quickly, but we settled down and after that we coped well,” said McKelvey.
“It’s hard to know why that [poor start] happened. We talked about it before the game, but it still happened.”
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