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DONEGAL GAA NORTHERN BOARD PREVIEWS

first_imgThe Downings Bay Hotel Under 16 league kick starts the Donegal Northern Board Competitions on Sunday with all games having a noon throw in.The game between St Eunans and Ghaoth Dobhair at O’Donnell Park is just one of a number of mouth watering games down for decision. The Letterkenny boys face a stiff test from the Gaeltach boys who are are expected to do well this year under Tom Mac Giolla Easbuig and could well get off to a winning start.Carndonagh, under Tony McGinn and Paddy Mc Laughlin will look to Danny Monagle and Matthew McLaughlin as they travel to Ballybofey to take on the local McCumhaills but it’s hard to see past a winning start for Brian Ó Maoldúin and Mickey Mc Mahon in this game. The final game in the division is the one at Milford where Burt are the visitors. Both sides will be hoping to improve slightly on last year. The long serving Sean Paul Barrett has Darragh Black, Dominic Hull and Kane Barrett named in his panel but will rebuild again after losing in last years final of league and championship. Benny McDermott and Damian Dowds are in charge again at Hibernian Park, where expectations are not high. They have fine players in Ryan McLaughlin, Stephen O Donnell and Jamie Barr who may be good enough to get them off to a winning start anyway.In Division Two Section One, Glenfin entertain Red Hughs in the match of the day. The home side have a strong management team in Hugh Boyle, Kevin Mc Glynn, Frank Mc Glynn and Brendan Carr and they will be hoping Christopher Mc Brearty, Luke Keane and young Lorcan Donnlan.can steer them to an opening day victory. However the boys from The Cross will be no pushovers, with Shane Mc Glinchey & Martin Byrne and Stephen Mc Menamin players to watch out for as the season progresses. The management team of Stephen Gallagher & Paul Bradley and trainer Joe Carlin are hoping for a good season, but will have a better idea after Sunday’s game?The meeting of Buncrana and St Mary’s Convoy at The Scarvey is likely to be close game and could go either way. The home side have enlisted Seamus Grant, Odhran Doherty and Oisin Doherty as part of their new management team and the experienced Malachy McCann will join them. Shane McLaughlin and Joseph McGrory are tipped to make their mark this year as is Andrew Doherty as Buncrana attempt to erase the memory of disappointing defeats in league and championship finals last year. Convoy are always a difficult side, who surprisingly perform just as well away from home. Oliver Prunty, Liam Mc Conalogue and Liam O Keefe feel they have underachieved and will look to rectify that issue. Niall Bonner, Michael Patton, James Kee and Jack Blake could be the boys to deliver this year, time will tell.Malin make the long journey to Castlefin to take on the local Emmets in what is expected to be a close game. Home manager Aaron McDaid is hoping to be competitive, bit are also looking at the bigger picture as they develop players for the future. Malin are always ambitious at underage and manager Mickey McCarron will look to Eamón Hegarty , John O Neill and Ryan Doherty to take them to a league final at least. The final game in this group will see Naomh Padraig Lifford entertain Bun an Phobail, who are making a return to the Northern Board after an absence of several years. There is a strong family connection in a strong management team of Sean O’ Hare, Seamus Hegarty, Eunan Hegarty and Ryan Monagle. They have several players with colleges experience such as Ciaran Diver, Tony Mc Clenaghan and Mark Browne which may be enough to see them off to a winning start. Lifford manager Daniel McNultyDivision Two Section Two promises to be every bit as competitive with games in Dunfanaghy, Downings, Newtown and Cloughaneely. St Michaels should prove too strong for St Eunans second string and managers Trevor Stewart and Dave Rutland will be hoping for bigger stage later in the year. Downings despite having Lorcan Connor, James Lee McBride and Ben McBride in their side will have their work cut out for the visit of Glenswilly who should have enough firepower in Peter Doherty, Shaun and Dayle Gallagher.to return home with the pointsNaomh Colmcille welcome Fanad Gaels to Newtown in another interesting tie. Young Ryan McKinley has been doing serious work with the underage set up in Newtiown and despite working off a small panel he is hopeful of success at this level. They won two titles last year, before losing to a good Glenties side in the county final but they still have Dan Clarke, Micheal Friel and Micheal Lynch in their squad. The Gaels have Eamon Carr, Oisin Shiels and Aiden Heraghty on board and won the plate competition in 2011, but their aim for this year is a championship and will be looking to building towards that.The final game on Sunday’s programme is the meeting of Cloughaneely and Letterkenny Gaels in Falcarragh where both clubs will be hoping for a good start in their aim to get back to the top flight. Home manager Martin Duggan knows the importance of a good start and with players such as Ciaran Mc Geady, Eamon Mc Hugh Jason Mc Gee he has every right to be optimistic. Charlie Cannon takes the reins at the Gaels, who did well at U15 level last year and with Conor Browne, Sean McDonagh and Patrick Doherty all breaking through there is indeed hope of an away victory on opening day.Sunday 4th March 12.00 Noon Downings Bay HotelU16 Division OneSEAN MC COOLS V CARNDONAGH GERARD MC HUGHST EUNANS V GHAOTH DOBHAIR JAMES TREARTY MILFORD V BURT HUGH MC GARVEYSean McCumhaillsManagers Brian Ó Maoldúin and Mickey Mc MahonHopes for the season League Finalists County Semi finalMain Players. Karl Hughes and Shane Lafferty.One for the Future. Nathan Gavigan.Last Year Northern Board ChampionsPredictions for 2012. Gaoth Dobhair, probable champions.CarndonaghManager Tony Mc Ginn & Paddy Mc LaughlinHopes For Season Compete well in Division 1Main Players Danny Monagle, & Mathew Mc LaughlinOne for future: Fergal DohertyLast year won Inishowen Championship and finished second in NB leaguePrediction for 2012 Compete well in the Div 1 league & Championship,St. EunansManager Paul CarrHopes For Season Hopefully to do as well as we can.Main Players Sean Hume, Conal O’BoyleOne for future Darragh McWaltersLast year Lost to Gweedore in U15 Northern Board FinalPrediction for 2012 To do well in te championshipCLG Ghaoth DobhairManager Tom Mac Giolla EasbuigHopes For Season keep developing the squadMain Players A very good squad, hard to single out individualsOne for future Ryan Ó CeallaighLast year Won the under 16 division 11 County Champonship.Prediction for 2012 to keep progressing and be competitive.MilfordManager Shaun P BarrettHopes for season Contest league & championshipMain Player Darragh Black, Dominic HullOne for the future Kane BarrettLast year defeated div 3 league final & championship finalPrediction top two.BurtManager: Benny McDermott and Damian DowdsHopes For Season: A kind draw in the championship!Main Players Ryan McLaughlin and Stephen O’DonnellOne for future: Jamie BarrLast year: Lost all Division 1 league games,Prediction for 2012: To do better than 2011Downings Bay Hotel U16Division Two Section OneGLENFIN V RED HUGHS EDDIE CRAWFORDBUNCRANA V CONVOY CHRIS LYNCHROBERT EMMETTS V MALIN TONY GALLAGHERN/PADRAIG LIFFORD V V MOVILLE LIAM DOHERTYClg Ghleann FhinneManagement Team Hugh Boyle, Kevin Mc Glynn, Frank Mc Glynn, Brendan Carr.Hopes for season To try and reach Regional final.Main Players Christopher Mc Brearty, Luke Keane.One for the Future Lorcan Donnlan.Last Year Reached Regional semi final, lost to eventual winners at Northern Board and Og Sport Gael all county.Prediction for 2012 Mid TableRed HughsManager Stephen Gallagher & Paul Bradley. Trainer Joe CarlinHopes For Season To Win Division 2 LeagueMain Players Shane Mc Glinchey & Martin ByrneOne for future Stephen Mc MenaminLast year 3rd in Division 2Prediction for 2012 Red Hughs to go all the wayBuncrana U16Managers: Malachy McCann, Seamus Grant, Odhrán Doherty, Oisín DohertyHopes For Season: Preparations have been going well with the squad and Buncrana will be hoping to mount a serious challenge in Division Two, and develop the players to progress to senior football in the not too distant future.Main Players: Shane McLaughlin is a talented attacking half back who is comfortable on the ball, whilst Joseph McGrory is capable of controlling the play from midfield and setting up attacks.One for future: Andrew Doherty has excellent natural ability, can operate at half-back or half forward and is developing into one of the leaders of the team.Last year: Last year we won the All County League Division One with a talented squad, a number of whom are still underage next year. The experience of the remaining squad members along with the talent and enthusiasm of the younger members should bode well from the coming season in Division Two.Prediction for 2012: We will be hoping to mount a serious challenge in the Northern League Div Two and the All County Division Two Championship.St Marys ConvoyManagers Oliver Prunty, Liam Mc Conalogue & Liam O KeefeHopes for season To be able to compete in all games and play to our full potential.Main Players Niall Bonner & Michael Patton.One for the future Actually two James Kee & Jack Blake.Last year Mid table Div 2 & Div 3 championship semi final.Prediction for 2012 Mid table Div 2Robert EmmetsManager Arron Mc DaidHopes For Season To be Competitive and get a good league & Championship runMain Players We do not want to complete this section as we are focussing on building a team.Prediction for 2012 We hope to be involved in the business end of the league & championship.MálainnManager Mickey Mc CarronHopes For Season To be competitive in all our matches, to remain injury free and to be in contention for all competitions entered.Main Players Eamón Hegarty , John O NeillOne for future Ryan DohertyLast year Reached division 2 finalPrediction for 2012 Donegal to win the Sam Maguire!!!!!Naoumh Padraig LiffordTeam manager: Daneil mc nulty2 main players: Jack Mahon and christopher cattersonplayer to watch out for: jack mahonHopes for this year: we aim to win the leagueMovilleManager: Sean O’ Hare, Seamus Hegarty, Eunan Hegarty, Ryan MonagleHopes For Season: To Fulfill all Fixtures and finish in the top half of the league.Main Players Ciaran Diver, Tony Mc ClenaghanOne for future: Mark BrowneLast year: Did not enter into Northern Board last Year.Prediction for 2012 Dark Horse in the championshipDownings Bay Hotel Under 16Division Two Section TwoST MICHAELS V ST EUNANS [B] TOM BEAG GILLESPIEDOWNINGS GLENSWILLY GERRY CROSSANNAOMH COLMCILLE FANAD GAELS HUGO WALLACECLOGHANEELY V L/KENNY GAELS JAMES TREARTYNaomh Micheál CLG,Managers: Trevor Stewart and Dave RutlandHopes for season: We hope to finish in the top 4 in our League and have a good run in the Championship.Main Players: In our squad there are fine young gaelic footballers, among themare Brandon McColgan and Ciaran Kelly to name only two.Ones for the future: The future of Naomh Micheál CLG looks very bright with many up and coming young stars in the club.Pediction 2012 We would like to finish in the top 4 of our League and to do well in the Championship.St Eunans (B)Manager Ciaran MaguireHopes For Season To keep all players interested in GAA football by performing at the highest levels also to build on our achievements last year. Develop further the weaker players in our squad by playing competitive football and coaching their weaker areas. To get some of our players involved in the county development squad.Main Players We have a team of very talented players that succeeded in winning U-14 Feile last year but 2 of our top players were the captain and vice-captain (Darragh McWalters & Odhran McGinley), Darragh being very strong in the middle of the field and well able to distribute the ball while Odhran was very strong in the back-line and good at playing it out of defence.One for future: Player to be watched in the future is John McIntyre who developed very well last season and whom we will expect a lot from this seasonLast year: This team won the All-Ireland Feile competition in their section last year.They also won the county league + championship as well as having success in the Benny Carr Memorial CupPrediction for 2012: We would like to feel this team will go on and achieve success this year again but we know we will be the form team to beatDowningsManagers: Finghin McClafferty / Brendan McGee / Michael BradleyHopes for season: A good league finish and a good championship run.Main Players: Lorcan Connor & James Lee McBrideOne for the future: Ben McBridePredictions: Top 3 finish in Division 2 Section 2C.L.G GlenswillyManager: Brian Mc Hugh, Johnny Mc Ginley & Seimi CallaghanHopes for Season: To have a good league performance and a good championship run.Main Players (name 2): Shaun Gallagher & Dayle Gallagher.One for future: Peter Doherty.Last year: Division 3 Plate winners.Prediction for 2012: Top three finish in the leagup.e and do well in division 2 championshipNaomh ColmcilleManager Ryan mc KinleyMain Players Dan Clarke Full forwardMicheal friel Conner BackMicheal Lynch Full backHopes for year To win county championship and leagueLast year won n board final and Shield, Lost to a good Glenties team in the county final and league semi final …Player to look out for: Dan ClarkeFanad GaelsManagers Fergal Friel, Patrick Heraghty, Paul CoyleHopes For Season Retain as many players who played for this team at under 14 level and have a good run in championship.Main Players Eamon Carr, Oisin ShielsOne for future Aiden HeraghtyLast year Division 2 plate winnersPrediction for 2012 League and championship finalCloughaneelyManager: Martin DugganHopes For Season: Mid Table in the Northern League. Semi Finalist in the Northern ChampionshipMain Players Ciaran Mc Geady and Eamon Mc HughOne for future: Jason Mc GeeLast year: Winners of Northen PlatePrediction for 2012: Northern Plate FinalistsLetterkenny Gaels Manager Charlie CannonHopes For Season Compete in Div 2Main Players Conor Browne, Sean McDonaghOne for future Patrick DohertyLast year Beaten U15 finalistsPrediction for 2012 League Mid Table, Championship Semi FinalDONEGAL GAA NORTHERN BOARD PREVIEWS was last modified: February 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Northern Board GAAlast_img read more