Donegal name team for Ulster decider

Jim McGuinness has named his Donegal team that will take on Armagh in Sunday’s Ulster Championship decider.

Donegal have beaten Derry and Tyrone to get here and have been in impressive form all season. They captured the Division Two league title, beating Armagh in the final, and have only lost once this year.

That one defeat came in the McKenna Cup final when they lost out to Derry. But they gained revenge once the championship kicked off.

A number of key players missed that league final in Croke Park but are all named to start on Sunday. Brendan McCole, Ryan McHugh, Patrick McBrearty and Daire O Baoill were also sidelined through injury.

Starting team

Shaun Patton has been named to start between the sticks despite missing out the last day through injury. The Letterkenny clubman missed the semi-final with Tyrone having picked up a knock against Derry.

His long kickout resulted in two goals against the Oak Leafers, so Armagh will be well warned about his impact. The full back that has been named is the exact same as it has been throughout the campaign.

McCole lines out on the edge of the square with Mark Curran and Ciaran Moore either side of him. McCole will likely go man-to-man with Armagh full forward Andrew Murnin.

Photo Credit: Colin Molloy

Donegal’s half back line is arguably their strongest line, manned by centre half back Caolan McGonagle. McHugh and Peadar Mogan, both great on the Donegal counter, start on the flanks.

Jason McGee and Michael Langan both start at midfield and have become a solid partnership in the middle. Shane O’Donnell, Ciaran Thompson and O Baoill will make up the Donegal half forward line.

Captain Paddy McBrearty has been named to start although could be used as an impact sub come Sunday. He’s joined by Oisin Gallen and Niall O’Donnell in the full forward line.