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Bonner: Stage set for Royal rumble


Declan Bonner

Declan Bonner

Declan Bonner

Declan Bonner has billed Saturday's Allianz League Division 2 final as a clash "between two teams who like to play the game the right way".

"Meath will bring plenty to Croke Park. They're a good side. Probably the best we met in Division 2," insisted Donegal boss Bonner, who won an Ulster title in his first season in charge last year.

"It should be a very good game of football. We play a good brand of football and it should be a very exciting match."

Donegal won the earlier clash between the teams back in February, when a late goalkeeping error cost Meath a victory having led almost right through the game in Ballybofey.

"It was a tough game of football. Meath went three or four points ahead and we came back and got a goal and finished the game out reasonably well," Bonner said.

"There was little enough between the teams. So it should make for a good game between two teams who like to play the game the right way."


Apart from Michael Langan, Ciarán Thompson and cruciate victim, Patrick McBrearty, Donegal have a clean bill of health with veterans Neil McGee and Frank McGlynn both returning in recent weeks.

Equally, Meath arrive in Croke Park in rude health.

Defender Niall Kane suffered a dislocated elbow in a tackle during Meath's victory over Kildare in Navan, a win that put them squarely in the frame for promotion to Division 1 for the first time since 2004.

Otherwise Andy McEntee has a full squad to pick from.

Meath have not won a match in Croke Park since beating Kildare in the 2014 Leinster SFC semi-final.