Quarter-final test for Donegal League

Brian Dorrian's side face North East League in Oscar Traynor Cup

Quarter-final test for Donegal League

Brian Dorrian is hoping that having home advantage will be a significant boost to his Donegal League side ahead of this Sunday's Oscar Traynor Cup quarter-final.

The Killybegs man, who has guided his team into the last eight of the competition, is now plotting the downfall of the North East Football League.

And he said that playing the game at The Moss in Drumoghill could be a major factor.

“You're almost hoping that it could be like having a 12th man,” he said.

“We've done well at The Moss this past couple of games. The lads like playing there and hopefully, we can use it to our advantage again on Sunday.”

The Moss was the venue for the Donegal League's 3-2 win over the United Churches League from Dublin in the last round.

Despite the scoreline, the Donegal League were good value for their win and it set them up for a quarter-final tie.

“It's been a great run so far and hopefully now, we can keep that run going,” Dorrian added.

The manager has been doing his homework on the North East Football League, a side who qualified from their section as group winners and automatically went through to the last eight.

“I don't think they've had a game since back in November,” Dorrian added.

The Donegal League were hoping to play a friendly against Finn Harps U19s in Convoy last night.

They plan to train on Friday night before their game on Sunday.

Injury concern

Dorrian has one major injury concern with Eoin Sheridan of Rathmullan Celtic a doubt because of a hamstring problem.

The midfielder has been one of the team's most consistent performers in the competition and his loss would certainly be a blow to his team's chances.

Other than that, Dorrian has a fully fit squad to select from. He's not likely to make too many changes from the team that won in the last game.

“We did make a few changes that day. We had a game-plan and a few match-ups that we wanted to try,” he said.

“We might have a few positional changes again for this game, but I wouldn't say there will be too many changes in personnel.”

Dorrian's team have been impressive during their run to this stage of the competition. He has a strong squad at his disposal and the team carries a major threat coming forward in Gary Merritt, Kyle Black and Damien Patton.

Christopher Malseed was their best player in their last game and Dorrian will be hoping for another big performance from the former Finn Harps player who is likely to be partnered by his Drumoghill club-mate Philip Whyte at centre-midfield again.

The Inishowen League's quarter-final against the Galway League will take place on Saturday, March 5th.

Sunday's game at The Moss will kick off at 1pm.

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