Inishowen crew look forward to minor semi

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They’ve been on the road for a while, some longer on others, but on Sunday Inishowen will have five footballers in the county minor squad that faces Dublin in the All-Ireland minor semi final.

Buncrana’s John Campbell and Caolan McGonagle are expected to line out at full forward and midfield respectively. Carndonagh’s Danny Monagle will fill his customary corner back slot, while Moville’s Tony McClenaghan will anchor the defence from centre half back.

McClenaghan’s Moville clubmate Ciaran Diver is also in the squad, but has not yet made the matchday 24. Diver has impressed observers in Moville’s march to the Junior Championship semi final, and perhaps that will be enough to persuade manager Declan Bonner to promote Diver to the matchday squad.

Donegal are strangers to the All-Ireland minor semi final, having reached it just twice in the last 20 years, in 1996 and 2006.

Donegal lost those semi finals, and have never reached an All-Ireland minor final – but the current group are determined to set that right.

“We never celebrated the Ulster win,” John Campbell said of Donegal’s 2-12 to 0-10 victory over Armagh on 20 July.

“We just started preparing for Roscommon.

“We won that, and there’s only one more thing we want: two games in Croke Park and a trophy at the end of it.”

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