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We must step up to the mark to lift Donegal title, insists Cassidy

 

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By John Campbell

IN what seems like an endless succession of province-wide replays, Gaoth Dobhair and Naomh Conaill will bring down the curtain on what has been a protracted Club Championship sector when they meet for a third time tonight to decide just who will lift the Donegal Senior Football title.

As reigning champions, Gaoth Dobhair will start in pole position, but their 2012 Donegal All-Ireland winning full-forward Kevin Cassidy believes that the team must take its scoring chances tonight if it is to earn the right to meet Cavan champions Castlerahan in the Ulster quarter-final on Sunday.

"Both teams will re-group and go at it hammer and tongs again, but this time round we have to put our scores away," insists Cassidy.

"We probably played reasonably well as a team last Sunday, but on an individual front some of us would not have been happy with our displays. We must start on the right foot."

Defender Neil McGee is among those who believe that the final has evolved into a saga.

"We will be sick of looking at each other by the time the match ends," he declares.

Naomh Conaill have shown considerable resolve and Gaoth Dobhair manager Mervyn O'Donnell accepts they will go flat-out again tonight.

"They are a very resolute side who do not yield easily," he maintains.

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