Donegal announce strong starting side

Donegal have named a strong looking side to take on Armagh in the first round of the McKenna Cup on Wednesday.

The game will be Jim McGuinness’ first in charge of Donegal since returning for a second stint in charge.

McGuinness won three Ulster titles and one All-Ireland in his previous reign, which ended in 2014.

Ten years on and the Naomh Conaill clubman is back in charge and hoping to guide Donegal back to the top.

Paddy McBrearty will captain the team and he’s the only member of the starting 15 with an All-Ireland medal.

It was McGuinness that brought McBrearty through to the senior ranks when he was still a minor in 2011.

McBrearty is perhaps the most experienced head, but there’s plenty of well-known names on the team sheet.

Donegal have named a strong looking side to take on Armagh in the first round of the McKenna Cup on Wednesday.
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Ryan McHugh, who earned his debut under McGuinness in 2014, is back in the team having missed out last season.

Shaun Patton is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the county and he starts between the sticks.

Brendan McCole is an experienced defender while Jason McGee and Michael Langan have both been around a few years.

There are of course a few new players on the scene, hoping to impress their manager in their competitive debuts.

There are also a few notable players on the bench as well, who are sure to see some game time minutes.

Stephen McMenamin, Oisin Gallen, Peadar Mogan and Jamie Brennan are usual starters for Donegal.

Armagh have named an experimental side, with most of the squad made up of the 2024 u20 panel.

It could be a baptism of fire for the youngsters, as most of them tog out for the seniors for the very first time.

Armagh have beaten Donegal in their previous two meetings, but will be up against it in Ballybofey on Wednesday.