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Donegal stars swing into action for clubs

By John Campbell

Last weekend it was Croke Park, this weekend it's Gleneagles for Donegal quartet Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher and the McGee brothers Neil and Eamonn.

The quartet were interested spectators when the Ryder Cup competition swung into action yesterday but tonight the McGees along with their county colleague Odhran MacNiallais will be in action for Gweedore against Killybegs when the Donegal county championship starts.

The trio will underpin the Gweedore outfit against a Killybegs side that will look to talisman Hugh McFadden for inspiration.

Tomorrow Murphy and Gallagher will line out with Glenswilly against Kilcar in what promises to be an even more attractive game as the Kilcar side will include the McBrearty brothers Stephen and Patrick as well as the McHugh brothers Mark and Ryan.

Former Donegal assistant boss Rory Gallagher is the Kilcar manager and he will be keen to make his mark in what will be his first championship match in charge.

Meanwhile, Ballymacnab and Maghery will meet in the last of the Armagh championship quarter-finals at the Athletic Grounds tomorrow (2pm).

Ballymacnab overcame Whitecross by 4-11 to 3-8 after a replay in the previous round, Maghery have shown that they have the scent of championship success very much in their nostrils.

The winners will meet Armagh Harps in the last four while St Patrick's, Cullyhanna and perennial champions Crossmaglen Rangers are already through to meet in the other semi-final.

And Tyrone's 2003 All-Ireland winning captain Peter Canavan is hoping to steer his Cavan Gaels team into the Cavan senior football championship final tonight when they meet Cuchulainns.

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