Cailean O’Boyle back in Derry line-up for semi-final clash against Donegal

Derry's Cailean O'Boyle returns for the game against Donegal
Derry's Cailean O'Boyle returns for the game against Donegal

Cailean O’Boyle has been called into the Derry starting line-up for Saturday’s Ulster SFC semi-final meeting with holders Donegal.

O’Boyle starts at left corner forward in the only change to the side that beat Down by 0-12 to 0-11 three weeks ago.

Benny Heron is the player to make way as Donegal go in search of their first championship success over the Tir Chonaill men since 2008.

Donegal go into the game in great form after demolishing Armagh in the last round.

Manager Rory Gallagher has only one injury concern over young forward Darach O’Connor.

Eamonn McGee, McBrearty and Colm McFadden (virus) all expected to recover from minor niggles.

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has made changes for Saturday’s qualifier against Wicklow.
Michael Murray and Sean Connell come in to replace Finnian Moriarty and Aaron Findon.

Mark Shields (fingers) and Kevin Dyas (knee) were both unavailable for selection.
Armagh were expected to give Donegal a real battle in their recent Ulster quarter-final but that challenge never materialised with Donegal winning at a canter.

However, McGeeney says his players remain upbeat.

“We were saying it all year - it was a big step up to play one of the best teams in the country and it proved it,” he said about the Donegal mismatch.

“It wasn’t all doom and gloom. We had probably as many scoring chances - we had more goal chances and we could have made a game of it but we didn’t, so there is not much point crying about it.”

Down are also in action on Saturday against Wexford.

Down boss Jim McCorry admits that the Mourne men’s self-belief took a hit following their one-point Ulster defeat to Derry, though he insists that they are ready for this weekend’s challenge.

“Confidence was low as we were obviously disappointed with the result against Derry,” he said.

“We know where we lost that game and that was our scoring ratio. Particularly in the first half we didn’t play the way we planned to or certainly how we played our in-house games.

“Confidence levels are back up again and the guys are really looking forward to the game on Saturday.”



Ulster SFC semi-final

Derry v Donegal 
All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 1B

Armagh v Wicklow

Wexford v Down