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Donegal aiming to wave flag for Ulster and reach All-Ireland final

By John Campbell

Published 18/08/2016

Donegal are the only side left representing Ulster in the All-Ireland Football Championship (stock photo)
Donegal are the only side left representing Ulster in the All-Ireland Football Championship (stock photo)

The last Ulster team standing at any level in the All-Ireland Football Championship intends to do the province proud this weekend.

Donegal will meet Galway in the minor semi-final prior to the Mayo v Tipperary senior clash at Croke Park on Sunday and manager Sean Paul Barrett is in no doubt as to what he is seeking from his side.

"I want the boys to do Ulster proud," stated Barrett. "We know we are going in against a good Galway side but I honestly think that the standard of opposition we met in winning the Ulster Championship will stand to us against them.

"We were given a real scare by Antrim in particular before we won by 2-11 to 2-7 and then against Derry in the final we had to work our socks off to get over the line.

"I think the matches at minor level in Ulster this year have been superb and while Derry may have lost their All-Ireland quarter-final to Kerry, they did themselves more than justice."

Barrett has concerns, though, that his men have tended to make things hard for themselves and cites the fact that they have had to come from behind to win games.

Now he fears that Galway's pace, stamina and cohesion could prove difficult to counter if they slip into top gear.

"We can't afford to find ourselves chasing this tie in particular," pointed out Barrett. "When you reach this stage of the competition, the pressure is really on."

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