TIME WAS WHEN Benny Bonner was the heir apparent to Jonathan Minnock at Finn Harps.
Bonner was on the Harps Under-21 team that won the Connacht-Ulster section in 2004 and was beaten in a quarter-final by UCD.
During those times, Bonner was drafted into Felix Healy’s first team at Finn Park, but never made an appearance at senior level. The arrival of Eamon Seydak saw Bonner return to intermediate football.
The left-back was a mainstay in Drumkeen United sides since and he was a part of the Ulster Senior League inter-provincial team that won the Michael Ward Trophy in 2013 and 2014.
Picture caption: Benny Bonner in action for Drumoghill FC. Picture by Stephen Doherty.
The withdrawal of Drumkeen from the Ulster Senior League resulted in Bonner moving abode and he’s now in the colours of Drumoghill FC, one of the hopefuls in the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division in the Donegal League.
This Sunday, he lines out for the Donegal League against North East Football League in an Oscar Traynor Cup quarter-final,
“The difference standard-wise isn’t that much,” Bonner told Donegal Sport Hub’s Charlie Collins this week.
“The big difference is that we’re not playing all the games on the one weekend like the intermediate inter-pros. Overall, the Oscar Traynor standard is pretty high.
“There is a good strong panel here and we have a great chance of getting a result.”
Drumoghill are motoring just nicely in the Donegal League and last Sunday claimed the prized scalp of Letterkenny Rovers when Paddy Rafferty’s hat-trick saw them come from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in the Knockalla Caravans Cup.
Bonner said: “The whole lot of us nearly have Ulster Senior League experience. There is a pretty good squad of players so we should be pushing on. We’ve a good team and we’ve stuck together.
“There are good teams in the Donegal League and there are four or five teams in contention. There are very little difference between the teams.”
Listen to the full interview below …