BY CHRIS MCNULTY
DONEGAL minor manager Declan Bonner has welcomed the decision of the Northern Minor Board to move their Minor Championship games to Monday evening next, while the Southern Board has delayed the start of its Championship.
The games had been due to go ahead on Wednesday evening, but following a meeting between the two board and the minor manager on Monday evening a compromise was reached.
Children’s Officer Mick McGrath described as ‘calm, courteous and constructive’ Monday’s meeting between the respective parties.
The Southern Board have deferred their Minor Championship until after the Ulster Minor final, but the Northern Board’s action gets underway on Monday. The Northern Board’s Minor Championship is run on a round robin format with the Southern Board going for a two-legged, home and away, version.
“I’m happy with the decision because it means we can have our players on Tuesdays and Thursdays as normal,” Bonner said.
“We can have a good run at the training between now and the Ulster final.”
Bonner has injury concerns over Gaoth Dobhair pair Gavin McBride and Niall Friel through quad and knee injuries respectively, but hopes that both will be fit for Clones on July 20th.
The minor manager is also expected to sit down with the senior CCC in the coming days. The start of the Junior A Championship could present a difficulty ahead of the Ulster final.
Six members of the minor panel would be in action in the Junior Championship: Na Rossa duo John McDyre and Christian Bonner; Moville’s Tony McClenaghan and Ciaran Diver; Red Hugh’s Stephen McMenamin; and Carndonagh’s Danny Monagle.