Tuesday 12 November 2019

Donegal side unchanged as Mayo deny Boyle is ruled out

Donegal train ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland final
Donegal train ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland final

Cliona Foley

DONEGAL will be unchanged for Sunday's All-Ireland final, with Ryan Bradley fending off stiff competition to retain his place in the half-forward line.

Bradley was withdrawn after 29 minutes of the semi-final win over Cork, but has been given the nod to start against Mayo.

The Buncrana man had been troubled with a shoulder injury in the build-up to the semi, but has received a vote of confidence by manager Jim McGuinness, who has named an unchanged team for the first time this summer.

"Ryan has started for us in every game in the championship this year and has been playing well," said Donegal assistant manager Rory Gallagher.

Mayo, meanwhile, have denied that wing-back Colm Boyle is out of contention for the final due to the virus that kept him out of the semi-final.

Manager James Horan admitted Boyle's illness took a little time to clear up, but said a week ago he was "back up and running".

There has been further speculation this week that Boyle has failed to recover the fitness needed for such a high-tempo game. But Mayo PRO Aiden McLoughlin said last night that the Davitts clubman has returned to full training "and is available for selection."

Bellmullet's Chris Barrett replaced Boyle in the semi-final success over Dublin and is an obvious stand-in. Mayo -- who have also been quick to dismiss rumours that midfielder Aidan O'Shea is a doubt due to injury -- are expected to announce their team today.

DONEGAL -- P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, F McGlynn; A Thompson, K Lacey, E McGee; N Gallagher, R Kavanagh; R Bradley, L McLoone, M McHugh; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden.

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