Donegal to check out new players and new rules with Sligo challenge on Sunday

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Donegal’s preparations for the 2019 season continues on Sunday when Declan Bonner’s side play their first challenge game.

Donegal face Sligo in a challenge at Coláiste Ailigh at 1pm on Sunday.

It will be Donegal’s first outing under the new rules, which will be trialled in the Dr McKenna Cup and which may yet be retained for the Allianz League.

Picture: Donegal senior team manager, Declan Bonner and Príomhoide Choláiste Ailigh, Micheál Ó Giobúin,  discuss arrangements for this Sunday’s senior inter-county challenge match between Donegal and Sligo to be played ar Phairc Choláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn. Throw in is at 1pm and patrons are advised to come early. Also in photo is Donegal goalkeeping coach Andy McGovern with Ross O Mearthaile and Ronan Mac Gaoithin.

On Sunday-fortnight, Donegal will open their 2019 Dr McKenna Cup campaign with a home game against Queen’s at Sean MacCumhaill Park.

Jason McGee and Eoin McHugh are likely to make their returns to Donegal’s colours this weekend, while a number of new faces are likely to get a run out.

Bonner will be short the Gaoth Dobhair contingent as they prepare for their All-Ireland club semi-final against Corofin, while Red Hughs’ Stephen McMenamin – also plotting for an All-Ireland club semi – is also unlikely to return until after his club commitments are over.

Sunday’s game is part of a three match fundraiser for the school and tickets already purchased for the Finn Harps v Irish Defence forces game in September can be used again this weekend.

The tickets also act as a ticket for a grand prize draw which will take place at half time.

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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