Friday 21 July 2017

Donegal stick with tried and trusted for Tyrone date

Anthony Thompson, Donegal, pictured last year during the GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kerry v Donegal. Croke Park, Dublin (Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE)
Anthony Thompson, Donegal, pictured last year during the GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kerry v Donegal. Croke Park, Dublin (Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE)
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Rory Gallagher has largely stuck with the tried and tested in naming his first Donegal championship team for tomorrow's Ulster showdown with Tyrone.

Ten of the side that started last year's All-Ireland final defeat to Kerry are retained, with Anthony Thompson, Rory Kavanagh, Leo McLoone, Darach O'Connor and Colm McFadden missing out for a number of different reasons.

Martin McElhinney, Martin O'Reilly, Christy Toye, Patrick McBrearty and Hugh McFadden are the players to come in as Donegal look to continue their recent good run of results against the Red Hand.

In all, there are four changes from the side that lost out to Cork in the league semi-final. Paul Durcan, Neil Gallagher, O'Reilly and Toye come in for Michael Boyle, Thompson, Eoin McHugh and McFadden.

Interestingly, Ryan McHugh has been named at wing-back, while his brother Mark must make do with a place on the bench.

Elsewhere the Kingston brothers, Donal and Paul, will line out in championship for Laois together for the first time after Tomas O Flatharta named his team to face Carlow.

Paul makes his championship bow for the county at corner-forward alongside his brother.

Brendan Quigley also returns to the set-up after time spent playing with New York and starts at midfield alongside John O'Loughlin.

Colm Begley has been named at half back while Ross Munnelly slots in beside the Kingston brothers in the full forward line.

Paul Begley is Laois' only injury concern as he battles with a hip problem.

Donegal (SF v Tyrone) - P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, E McGee; R McHugh, K Lacey, F McGlynn; N Gallagher, M McElhinney; M O'Reilly, O MacNiallais, C Toye; P McBrearty, M Murphy, H McFadden.

Laois (SF v Carlow) - G Brody; D O'Connor, M Timmons, S Attride; D Strong, R Kehoe, C Begley; B Quigley, J O'Loughlin; N Donoher, C Boyle, E O'Carroll; R Munnelly, D Kingston, P Kingston.

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