“FINAL LIKELY TO GO DOWN TO THE WIRE” – GALLAGHER

25 April 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Donegal native Robbie Gallagher says Monaghan won’t fear Donegal and wouldn’t think Donegal like playing Monaghan. by KEVIN CARNEY

Donegal native Robbie Gallagher has been ensconced in Monaghan town for 20 years. A Tyholland clubman, he hails from Termon, home club of both 1992 All-Ireland SFC medallist Tommy Ryan and current Donegal sub. ‘keeper Michael Boyle.

Gallagher is a local councillor too. We have to take him at his word when he declares that he simply doesn’t know who’s gonna win this Sunday’s NFL Division Two decider between his native and adopted county.

“I know I could be accused of giving a typical politican’s answer to the question but I just don’t know who’s going to come out on top in Croke Park,” Gallagher confesses.

“I think a lot depends on what injuries Donegal have to contend with and who eventually lines out for them.

“I know that after last weekend’s series of club matches, there are a few doubts over the fitness of fellas like Michael Murphy, David Walsh, Leo McLoone and Christy Toye.

“Having said that, there’ll be no excuses for Donegal if they lose this Sunday. This year, there’s no room for excuses.”

The well-known Monaghan town-based businessman believes that while a national medal hangs invitingly in front of the players, both Donegal and Monaghan camps will still have eyes fixed on the bigger prize that the summer offers.

He believes that Donegal owe Monaghan one for what happened last July when the Oriel shocked the defending champions in the Ulster SFC final.
“Monaghan won the 2013 Ulster title and deservedly so and I think the pressure is on Donegal to put things right and win the national league.
“The thing is that Monaghan are the form team coming into this weekend’s final and their graph is definitely on the up.

“Having a foot in both camps, I can’t really lose but, to be honest, I think all the players and the team-managements will be more concerned with …

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