Monday 18 December 2017

Murphy can lead Donegal to victory

ALLIANZ FL DIVISION 2

DONEGAL v DOWN

(Ballybofey, Tonight 7.30)

JAMES McCARTAN has been loath to talk up his team's early season form and last Saturday's draw at home with Tipperary perhaps proved why.

Wins against Meath and Kildare prompted quite a bit of excitement in the Mourne County that they're fortunes were about to change.

However, given time their old tendencies to switch off during games and their inability to weather a fightback so apparent in Down's makeup in the past three years, came roaring back to hanut them.

Donegal looked a safe bet for promotion until Kildare beat them with surprising ease last week but at home, they tend to be a different animal entirely. Donegal targetman Michael Murphy is expected to travel down under in November for Aussie Rules trials and he is likely to show Down why he is such a hot property.

ODDS: Donegal 4/5, Draw 15/2, Down 5/4

VERDICT: Donegal

BY CONOR McKEON

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