All GAA eyes will be fixed on the Eastern seaboard next weekend as Donegal New York look forward to its senior football final against Monaghan.
The much fancied Donegal team are aiming for back to back senior championships this time round having claimed the title against Kerry in last year’s duel. A dynamic Monaghan team will want to make amends having been edged out by the Donegal men twice already in this championship campaign.[adrotate group=”38″]
Despite Donegal’s upper hand, Monaghan are fresh from a season best performance semi-final win over Kerry last weekend, having disposed of last years finalists by 10 points. Donegal’s ticket to the final was convincing. Paired with senior championship first-timers St Barnabas in the semi’s, Donegal moved the ball well in the second period and big scores from the boot of Tyrone’s Paddy McNiece, Down’s Niall Madine and a goal from Offaly midfielder Brian Connor made the difference.
Native Donegal men continue to be at the heart of this year’s team. The perennial figure of Pat McGill of Ardara takes hold of the reigns once again as manager. A passionate ambassador for Donegal, McGill’s motivation has been key to the teams performances this season.[adrotate group=”53″]
The input of Buncrana’s Keelan McLaughlin has also been invaluable and oversee’s the teams administration and sponsorship through his electrical contracting business.
St Michael’s Peter Witherow and St Eunan’s Ross Wherity (pictured above) are new additions to the team this time out and fit in with the now well established team members of Shane Boyle, Paul McGinley and Shane Murrin, Killybegs.
As for Sunday week’s final, on September 11, Donegal are aiming to repeat their 2015 triumph but will face a strong in-form Monaghan team hoping to end their Senior championship famine.
Throw-In from Gaelic Park, Bronx is at 9:30pm Irish time.[adrotate group=”81″]