Tuesday 20 March 2018

Shock as Peter Boyle quits Donegal football squad

Peter Boyle. Photo: Sportsfile
Peter Boyle. Photo: Sportsfile

Chris McNulty

Goalkeeper Peter Boyle has withdrawn from the Donegal senior football panel.

The Ballyshannon man, who had been vying for the No 1 jersey with Mark Anthony McGinley and Shaun Patton, is understood to have informed Donegal manager Declan Bonner of his decision in the wake of Sunday's narrow victory over Kildare.

Donegal overcame the Lilywhites 1-15 to 3-7 at Fr Tierney Park, Boyle's home turf.

Boyle was the replacement goalkeeper on Sunday with Patton given a start. Boyle started the league games against Galway and Dublin having come in for the injured McGinley against Kerry in Fitzgerald Stadium where he did little wrong.

Letterkenny man Patton - who joined the Donegal squad this year having decided to walk away from a League of Ireland soccer career - has played in Donegal's last two games, the McKenna Cup final success over Tyrone and Sunday's triumph over Kildare in which he conceded three goals.

However, according to local sources, the indications were that Patton was set to retain his spot for this weekend's scheduled clash with Tyrone, which has since been postponed due to the red alert weather warning.

Irish Independent

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