Cork v Donegal, Saturday, 2pm, Pairc Ui Rinn
This is a vital game for both sides who are at opposite ends of the table. Cork will need a win to remain in Division 2 for 2020, while a win for Donegal would keep them in recknowing for a division 2 final place going into the last round of games next weekend.
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Cork come into this game sitting on the bottom of the table in Division 2 with just 3 points from a maximum of 10 points. They have played 5 games, winning 1, drawing 1 and losing 3. The win came against Tipperary last time out, which was very much needed for Ronan McCarthy’s men. The draw was with Fermanagh, while they suffered losses to Clare, Meath, and Kildare. A big performance will be needed here and a win as they travel to Armagh in their final league which will be very difficult. Donegal will need a win here for sure if they are to make to the league final. They have played 5 games, winning 3 and losing two. The wins came against Clare, Meath and Armagh, while they suffered losses to Fermanagh and Tipperary, in two games they would have been expected to win.
Donegal manager Declan Bonner introduced Michael Murphy in that win over Armagh last time out and I expect the Glenswilly man to start here this time around. In defence Bonner will look to players like Ryan McHugh, Leo McLoone and Eoghan Ban Gallagher. In midfield Hugh McFadden will likely partner Caolan McGonagle, in attack then as well as Murphy, players like Ciaran Thompson, Jason McGee and Jamie Brennan will need to have big games. Cork manager Ronan McCarthy will look to Kevin Flahive, Tomas Clancy in defence, while Ruairi Deane and Ian Maguire will need to have big games. In attack then Luke Connolly, Michael Hurley and Brian Hurley will be key players.
Cork (FL2 v Donegal): Micheál Aodh Martin; Sam Ryan, Kevin Flahive, Conor Dennehy; Kevin Crowley, Thomas Clancy, Mattie Taylor; Ian Maguire, Killian O’Hanlon; Eoghan McSweeney, Luke Connolly, Ruairi Deane; Michael Hurley, Mark Collins, Paul Kerrigan
Subs: Mark White, Peter Murphy, Stephen Cronin, Tomas Clancy, Cian Kiely, Kevin O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Toole, Sean White, Sean Powter, Damien Gore, Brian Hurley
Donegal : TBA
Donegal are 4/7 favourites here with Cork 15/8. The draw is 15/2. Donegal look the likely winner here Michael Murphy at 16/5 to score a goal anytime looks good.