Declan Bonner has met the press in Convoy ahead of this Sunday’s Ulster Championship quarter-final with Armagh. He refused to be drawn on the issues of player suspensions but reported he has an almost complete bill of health for his squad. If there are no problems in this week’s remaining two sessions, with the exception of Oisin Gallen and the two suspended players, he has a fully fit squad to choose from.

 

A rest from games in recent weeks has helped with niggling player injuries. Declan stressed a huge problem at the moment with county footballers is the lack of recovery time available with the compressed season and congested fixtures. The amount of work that goes on with County squads at present is equivalent to most professional sport. However, unlike professional sports, GAA players have jobs and lack the downtime required to aid proper recovery. This is an issue for every county in Ireland and particularly a problem for the top tier teams.

 

Declan and the players are looking forward to a full house in Ballybofey on Sunday. In recent years, the players have missed the real championship atmosphere generated by full houses of supporters. Donegal hoping to make home advantage count and counting on the home fans getting there in numbers as that will undoubtedly give the players a big lift.

 

The game is all ticket – no cash will be taken at the gate – and terrace tickets are still on sale for the game in Páirc Sheáin Mhic Cumhaill at the link:

 

https://ulster.gaa.ie/ulsterchampionship2022/buy-tickets/

 

This link is also on:

 

www.donegalgaa.ie