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Donegal pull out of Cup semi-final


Donegal manager Declan Bonner
Donegal manager Declan Bonner
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Donegal have withdrawn from the semi-finals of the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup because of their inability to field what a county board spokesman described as a "worthy team" to face Monaghan in Sunday's scheduled fixture at Brewster Park, Enniskillen.

Prior to Wednesday night's win over Derry, Donegal manager Declan Bonner had indicated that because of Sigerson Cup commitments, injuries and unavailability for other reasons his team might be unable to fulfil their semi-final assignment.

That prediction has now come to fruition following a county board spokesman's revelation that Donegal would only be able to call upon "a handful of players".

"The fact that we are unable to muster a team worthy of the occasion leaves us with no choice but to withdraw," said the spokesman.

"When you consider that 13 players are involved in Sigerson Cup action, seven have a serious flu virus and are under doctor's care and a number are unavailable, it underlines how stretched we are," he added.

It would appear that Donegal will now forfeit the semi-final, with the Tyrone v Down tie going ahead as planned at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh on Sunday (2pm)


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