BY CHRIS MCNULTY
DONEGAL open their 2014 Dr McKenna Cup campaign with a home game against Tyrone in Sean MacCumhaill Park on January 5th.
Donegal have been drawn in Section A alongside Tyrone, Armagh and Queen’s University Belfast.
Tyrone are the current holders of the McKenna Cup and Mickey Harte is expected to field a strong side in 2014 while Jim McGuinness is also likely to put out some of his more stellar names this time around.
“We have a good competitive group and it’ll be interesting to see how it rolls,” McGuinness said.
“We’re looking forward to getting started now.
“We’ll have a number of players tied up with colleges so we’ll be able to look at the squad in a broad sense and seeing how much playing time we can allocate to players.”
McGuinness has added a number of new players to his panel, while he has been joined by Damian Diver, John Duffy and Paul McGonigle in his backroom team.
On January 12th, Donegal travel to the Athletic Grounds to take on Armagh before hosting QUB in Ballybofey on Wednesday night January 15th.
2014 DR MCKENNA CUP FIXTURES
5th Jan (Sun): Round 1: Section A
Dún na nGall v Tír Eoghain at Pairc MacCumhaill
Ard Mhacha v QUB at Athletic Grounds
Fear Manach v St Marys at Brewster Park
Muineachan v Doire at Clones
Aontroim v An Cabhán at Antrim venue
UUJ v An Dún at Pairc Esler
12th Jan (Sun): Round 2: Section A
Tír Eoghain v QUB at Healy Park
Ard Mhacha v Dún na nGall at Athletic Grounds
Muineachan v St Marys at Clones
Doire v Fear Manach at Owenbeg
Aontroim v UUJ at Antrim venue
An Cabhán v An Dún at Kingspan Breffni Park
15th Jan (Wed): Round 3: Section A
Tír Eoghain v Ard Mhacha at Healy Park
Dún na nGall v QUB at Pairc MacCumhaill
Fear Manach v Muineachán at Brewster Park
Doire v St Marys at Owenbeg
An Dún v Aontroim at Pairc Esler
An Cabhán v UUJ at Kingspan Breffni Park
19th Jan (Sun): Semi Finals:
(1) Group B Winner v Group A Winner
(2) Best Runner Up v Group C Winner
25th Jan (Sat): Final: 1 v 2