Two changes to Donegal Ladies team to face Westmeath at O’Donnell Park


Donegal suffered their first defeat of the season against Cork last weekend – a result that ended their 100 per cent record in Division 1.

Donegal v Westmeath, O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, 4pm (M Kenny, Mayo)

It was a sobering experience for Maxi Curran and his players against a red-hot Cork outfit at Páirc Uí Rinn but perhaps in the long run, it could turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

Aislin Nee and Niamh Hegarty come into the starting line-up in place of Aoife McColgan and Shannon McLaughlin. 

Donegal are still odds-on to reach the last four and a home clash against Westmeath offers them the chance to right some of the wrongs from the Cork game.

Westmeath are still not safe from relegation but victory over Monaghan earlier in the campaign could be the result that ensures top-flight football for the Lake County again next year.

This is the only Division 1 fixture that’s taking place on Saturday and while that big defeat against Cork dented Donegal’s scoring difference, a handsome win at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny could see them go back on top of the table.

Donegal (v Westmeath): A Nee; A.M. McGlynn, E Gallagher, E McGinley; T Doherty, N McLaughlin, N Carr; K Herron, N Boyle; K Guthrie (capt.), N Hegarty, A Boyle Carr; S McGroddy, M Ryan, F Friel.

Westmeath (v Donegal): L McCormack; R Dillon, J Rogers, F Coyle; K Boyce Jordan, K McDermott, A O’Malley; F Claffey (capt.), J Maher; C Kelly, L Brennan, L Slevin; K Hegarty, J Hennessy, S Dolan.

Multimedia Sports Reporter from Derry currently repenting for my sins in Letterkenny. Recent journalism graduate. NUJ member.

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