The Donegal minor hurlers are looking forward to this Saturday’s Ulster Minor Championship quarter final against Armagh at 2pm in MacCumhaill park. A number of this year’s team such as Captain Stephen Anderson (Aodh Ruadh) were involved in the same fixture last year. It proved a difficult evening for the Tir Chonaill lads as they fell short against a tough and ruthless Armagh side in Middletown. Donegal travelled with small numbers for that match and were left reeling of what may have been if they had one or two more quality hurlers.
The likes of Fiachra McLaughlin (Buncrana) and Chris Gallagher (MacCumhaills) are hoping to rectify the disappointment of that evening. This year they are part of a much bigger and stronger Donegal panel, which includes a spread of players from 10 clubs throughout the county. There are some top quality hurlers in the side such as Dylan Duffy (Buncrana) and Kieran Brady (Burt) up front along with stalwarts Ryan Hilferty (St. Eunan’s) and Brian Diver (Letterkenny Gaels).
This may well be one of the strongest underage Donegal hurling teams, who swept aside Monaghan and Tyrone on their way to the Ulster Minor Shield. Their reward now is a crack at the Ulster Championship. However, they will not find it easy against a traditionally stronger Armagh side. Home advantage will be a help and the team and management are hoping for a good home crowd to come out and cheer them on.
The players would love to see some fans and it promises to be an entertaining game of hurling. This Donegal team have some fantastic players and they are well worth the trip along. You won’t be disappointed. Throw in at 2pm in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey