Donegal seek place in Oscar Traynor Cup final

Brian Dorrian's side away to the Clare District League on Sunday

Donegal seek place in Oscar Traynor Cup final

Brian Dorrian said he'd dearly love to guide his Donegal League side into the final of this season's Oscar Traynor Cup.

The Killybegs man knows however, that to do so, his team must overcome their most difficult hurdle in the competition so far when they travel to play the Clare District League on Sunday.

The Munster side have been one of the most consistent teams in the cup in recent years, reaching the semi-final for four years on-the-trot.

Frustratingly for them, they haven't been able to get beyond this stage of the tournament, losing all three last four ties over the past three seasons.

Dorrian and Donegal will be hoping it's not a case of 'fourth time lucky' this weekend.

“We're going into the lion's den down there, it's as simple as that,” Dorrian said this week.

“It's a big game for us, a real difficult test.

“But you never know. We've done well this season. To get this far in the competition has been brilliant. At times we've been fortunate, but overall, I've been delighted with our results.”

Fortune favoured Donegal none more so than in the last round when they beat the North East Football League on penalty kicks.

Joe Coll was the hero for Donegal that February day, saving the vital penalty which saw his side go through.

Coll was only playing because Christopher Sweeney, Donegal's regular No. 1 choice, was left out of the side for disciplinary reasons. Dorrian has confirmed that Sweeney is no longer part of his squad and Coll will keep his place in goal this Sunday.

With third-choice goalkeeper, Mark Gallagher of Rathmullan Celtic, unavailable on Sunday because of work commitments, Drumoghill's Paul McCauley has been drafted into the squad as cover.

McCauley's club-mate, Philip Whyte, is Dorrian's main injury concern ahead of this weekend.

The midfielder has a medial tendon problem, but should be okay to take his place in the starting eleven.

Brian 'Barney' Lafferty, is also a slight concern, but like Whyte, should be available for selection.

The match in Ennis kicks off at 1pm on Sunday so the Donegal League squad will travel up to Clare on Saturday.

The second semi final, between the Inishowen League and the Leinster Senior League, will be played in a fortnight.

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