Gaelic Football: DONEGAL ACE CHRISTY OUT FOR McIVER; Bank of Ireland FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: ULSTER SENIOR SEMI-FINAL - TYRONE v DONEGAL, CLONES.
BRENDAN Devenney returns to the Donegal team for tomorrow's crunch tie with Tyrone - but Christy Toye is ruled out with chickenpox.
The Donegal team was announced at lunchtime yesterday and see Devenney back at full-forward alongside Colm McFadden with Rory Kavanagh moving to his favoured wing-forward slot in place of Toye.
Brian Roper and Ciaran Bonner exchange jerseys with the more physically robust Bonner now officially taking the centre half-forward slot he lined out in against Armagh.
Having enjoyed a strong tussle with Kieran McGeeney, he now faces an equally imposing opponent in Conor Gormley.
Brian McIver named a 'phoney' team on the Friday before their last Ulster Championship game outing and it will be no surprise if he again makes a switch or two before the throw-in.
Michael Hegarty is believed to be very unlikely to play after having some floating cartilage removed from his knee several weeks ago.
If as expected he fails to make it McIver still has the option of starting Adrian Sweeney, who has been used more as an impact sub this year, or Kevin McMenamin.
Elsewhere the team is unchanged and has a very settled look about it.
The score is tied at 1-1 between Tyrone and Donegal this year, the Red Hands racking up a massive win in the McKenna Cup final while Donegal's league win in Omagh was just as emphatic.
Those games, or Donegal's 2004 Ulster semi-final victory over Tyrone, will count for nothing tom orrow according to Barry Monaghan.
"Those games will have no relevance, it's a different day and a different occasion," he said.
"People are looking at the strength of our panel and it's no secret it's a 20 man game now so possibly our panel is stronger than in previous years.
"But I don't understand the logic as to why we're being made favourites for this game.
"We won the league but league and Championship are two completely different things.
"Most of us have been around for seven, eight years and have been there or thereabouts but we still have no silverware whereas Tyrone have two All-Ireland medals.
"This game will be every bit as tough as Armagh and we're under no illusions about that. Tyrone have household names throughout the team." Both camps have been intent on talking up the opposition all week but Donegal are the form side and should progress.
DONEGAL: P Durcan, N McGee, P Campbell, K Lacey, P McConigley, B Monaghan, B Dunnion, N Gallagher, K Cassidy, B Roper, C Bonner, R Kavanagh, C McFadden, B Devenney, M Hegarty.
ILLNESS: Donegal's Christy Toye
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jun 16, 2007|
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