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Friday 30 September 2016

'We've no fear of Dubs'

Full-house beckons as McEniff talks up Donegal

Michael Murphy
Michael Murphy

Donegal will approach their latest Croke Park date with the Dubs without fear, says managerial legend Brian McEniff.

The man who led Donegal to their first All-Ireland title at Dublin's expense in 1992 is calling Saturday's SFC quarter-final "50-50" even though the bookies have priced Jim Gavin's holders at 1/5.

"We're not going to be easy to beat. And that's the attitude. We have no fear of the Dubs. We're going down with confidence," McEniff declared.

This belief predates their narrow defeat to Dublin in 2011 or 2014 ambush.

"That goes back quite some time, since we got into Division 1 way back in 1988," he said. "We believe we can compete with the best and we've beaten the best at a competitive level."

McEniff said there is "only one place" where Donegal should play skipper Michael Murphy (pictured) and that's at full-forward, citing Dublin's loss of full-back Rory O'Carroll for the year.

In another defensive blow, James McCarthy's fitness battle has been compounded by rumours of a setback for Eric Lowndes, his Leinster final deputy.

Meanwhile, the online sale of tickets for Saturday's double-header (starting with Tyrone/Mayo) has ceased, fuelling talk of a first Croker full-house this year.

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