DECLAN BONNER AND his Donegal U-21 backroom team will get a chance to cast their eye on their first round opponents in next year’s Ulster U-21 Championship.
That’s because Donegal are due to face the winner of the preliminary round between Derry and Antrim next March.
Should the Oak Leafers come out on top then they will visit Ballybofey and if Antrim are to upset the odds then they host Donegal.
Bonner was last month ratified as Maxi Curran’s successor in the U-21 hotseat. The current St Eunan’s manager Curran was unfortunate to lose in each of the last three provincial deciders – against Cavan in 2013 and 2014, before going down by a point to a Tyrone side that went onto win the All-Ireland in 2015.
Bonner took the Donegal minors to back-to-back Ulster Minor League successes in 2014 and 2015, as well as an Ulster Championship and place in the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship final last year.
2016 Ulster Under-21 Championship draw
Preliminary: Derry v Antrim.
Quarter-finals: Cavan v Tyrone, Down v Armagh, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Donegal v Derry or AntrimTags: