Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

We will need to pull out all the stops: Declan Bonner

Declan Bonner is determined to continue to improve
Declan Bonner is determined to continue to improve

Donegal minor football team boss Declan Bonner is hoping his team can further improve on their polished Ulster final performance when they meet Roscommon in the All-Ireland Championship at Markievicz Park, Sligo today.

Bonner watched his players turn in an impressive display in the provincial decider against Armagh when their first-half superiority proved the springboard to victory.

But Bonner, an All-Ireland senior medallist as a free-scoring forward with Donegal in 1992, believes that Roscommon will pose a big threat to his team's ambitions of remaining in the All-Ireland title race.

"While we are happy with our form to date, the pressure has been stepped up and we will need to pull out all the stops against Roscommon," maintains Bonner.

"There are several very good sides still left in the running for the All-Ireland minor title and we are very keen to stay in this race. That means we have to rise to the challenge and show that we have the capacity to deliver our best form."

Roscommon go into the game with a good record behind them this year. Ross Shannon's team won the Connacht minor league for the first time in many years and this has provided them with a distinct championship boost even though they lost to Mayo in the Connacht final.

Donegal certainly have the ability to put away chances providing that their attack sees enough of the ball.

The team's pace and cohesion were singularly impressive against Armagh and a repetition of that form today would surely see them advance in the competition despite Roscommon's impressive credentials.

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