Donegal might not field in Sunday’s McKenna Cup semi

Donegal senior manager Declan Bonner says it is a real possibility that his side will not be able to field in Sunday’s McKenna Cup semi-final with Monaghan.

Bonner’s side qualified for the last four with a win over Derry tonight in Celtic Park.

However, with the Sigerson Cup on this weekend, Bonner says he could be missing 13 of his squad as those players focus on their college teams.


Bonner said: “It leaves us in a situation where we have a semi-final against Monaghan but we’re up to 13 players down for the weekend, and it looks possibly like we will not be able to field for that match.

“I have spoken to PJ McGowan our Ulster Council delegate and Declan Martin our Secretary and we will just have to see what is put ahead of us.

“We had 23 players togged out there this evening and you take 13 out of that there.”

Bonner is not a fan of the Sigerson Cup taking place at this time of the year, and he has players involved with Letterkenny IT, Sligo IT, DCU, Maynooth, Queen’s, the Guards, and DIT.

The Na Rossa clubman feels the semi-final should be pushed back by a couple of days.

“We think next week some time, maybe under the lights next Tuesday night or something.

“I’m not too sure but it will have to be discussed one way or the other because we have to be careful of player welfare also and you could have players playing up to four games in the space of ten days, and that’s a huge amount of games at this stage in the season.”


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