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Bonner predicts big future for minors

By John Campbell

Published 30/08/2014

Key role: Niall Harley in midfield for Donegal against Dublin
Key role: Niall Harley in midfield for Donegal against Dublin

Donegal minor team boss Declan Bonner is hoping tomorrow's All Ireland semi-final against Dublin will be the first of many appearances at Croke Park for his players.

Dublin may be favourites to reach the decider but Bonner feels that his side, with the Ulster league and championship titles tucked safely under their belts, can produce a big performance.

"This is where these lads want to be playing and I honestly believe that a number of them can eventually come through at senior level and play regularly at Croke Park," insists Bonner.

Donegal were fully extended by Roscommon before getting through what proved a difficult quarter-final tie but Bonner is convinced the special Croke Park atmosphere will inspire his players.

Skipper Niall Harley will have a key role at midfield, Lorcan Connor can pull the strings in attack and Ciaran Gillespie is a key figure in the Ulster champions' defence.

Dublin were pushed to the limit by Cork in their quarter-final but two-goal Chris Sallier emerged as a hero. Along with Con O'Callaghan and Colm Basquel, he will form the cutting edge in the Dublin attack tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Crossmaglen Rangers can take a step towards yet another Armagh championship title when they meet Carrickcruppen tomorrow night.

Rangers will be boosted by the inclusion of Jamie Clarke in their ranks while Armagh Harps can also advance at the expense of Granemore.

In the Tyrone senior football championship semi-finals, Omagh St Enda's and Dromore will meet this evening with Carrickmore and Ardboe crossing swords tomorrow night.

St Enda's can look to the McMahon brothers Joe and Justin, Ronan O'Neill, Barry Tierney and Conan Grugan to give them momentum while Dromore will be underpinned by experienced trio Ryan McMenamin, Colm McCullagh and Ronan McNabb.

Meanwhile, Down will bid to make it into the All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies football final, but face a huge test when they take on Leitrim today.

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