Friday 24 March 2017

Big boost for Donegal as McGee steps back from London move

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Eamon Mcgee is back in contention to play his first competitive game for Donegal this season.

McGee looked poised to attach himself to London for the summer, after moving over there earlier this year.

However, he has stepped back from that move and last week featured in a challenge match against Derry, as Donegal sought to pick up the pieces from their disappointing exit to Down in the Ulster quarter-final.

McGee may not start against Armagh on Saturday, but his availability adds strength to a Donegal squad that has been rocked by a suspension for Darren Molloy and the departure of Leo McLoone -- who was understood to be dissatisfied with the lack of game time he had.

Mark McHugh, son of former Donegal player and well-known pundit Martin, is expected to start after figuring prominently against Down when he came off the bench, while Colm McFadden looks set to take Darren Molloy's place.



Suffered

Donegal have suffered quite a bit at the hands of Armagh in recent years, with only their 2007 Ulster quarter-final success to show for their efforts.

They lost Ulster finals to Armagh in 2002, 2004 and 2006 and were also on the receiving end in the 2005 Ulster semi-final, which went to a replay.

In April, Armagh travelled to Letterkenny needing to win to book a place at Donegal's expense in the league final and they did so easily, with a 16-point win.

Armagh will again be without Ronan Clarke, whose season looks over as he continues to struggle with an ankle injury. Brian Mallon has also been ruled out because of the four-week suspension he picked up for the red card received against Monaghan.

The match will be the first ever championship fixture to be played at Crossmaglen, which has been reduced to an 8,000 capacity because it is an all-ticket affair.

Irish Independent

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