The match Declan Bonner and his senior Donegal squad have been focusing on since the start of the year is almost upon us – the heavyweight Ulster Senior Championship clash between Donegal and Armagh in Páirc Sheáin Mhic Cumhaill on Sunday, April 24th. The Orchard County are resurgent and widely seen as a coming team with a strong Allianz league performance under their belts. Donegal on the other hand are generally regarded as having had a middling league campaign with a more uncertain trajectory. The facts don’t quite align with the National media perspective. Donegal and Armagh both ended on seven points in their Allianz campaigns and Donegal came out on top in their league fixture in March, albeit with nothing to spare. Sparks flew both during and after the game and it all points towards an exciting fixture in Ballybofey this Sunday.
There will be no sharing of the spoils either. It’s a winner on the day game – there is a link to the relevant regulations below. There is a backdoor back into the All-Ireland competition (see link below) but neither side will be given any thought to that prospect at the moment. All thoughts and energies will be focused on the coming game and a coveted 2022 Ulster Championship
Armagh expectations are high and they are expected to travel in big numbers. It’s a home game for Donegal though and the players are expecting Donegal fans to turn out in their thousands with plenty of green and gold on display. There are still terrace tickets on sale but the Ulster Council are planning for full capacity. A final surge of ticket sales is expected on Friday evening and on Saturday when tickets are expected to sell out. Anyone planning on going that wants to ensure they get tickets can buy them at:
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Terrace tickets are also on sale in participating Centra and Supervalu stores. The cost of terrace tickets is:
- Adult €18
- Juvenile €5
- OAP €18
- Student €18
As with all county games tickets must be purchase in advance and no cash will be taken at the gates.
Throw in for Donegal v Armagh is at 2 pm and there is no curtain raiser. Donegal’s Ulster minor quarterfinal is on Saturday against Fermanagh, also in MacCumhaill Park, at 4 pm. Tickets to the minors’ fixtures can be purchased at:
For those not travelling on Sunday the game will be broadcast live on BBC 1 with coverage starting at 13:50.