Donegal pull out of McKenna Cup semi-final

Donegal manager Declan Bonner has pulled his side out of their McKenna Cup semi-final against Monaghan.

The news was confirmed after the manager met with his backroom team on Thursday.

Donegal had reached the final-four fixture after beating neighbours Derry 1-10 to 0-8 on Wednesday evening.

However many of the county’s young panel are students and 15 are committed to play with their colleges in the Sigerson Cup over the weekend.

Donegal had requested that the match be put back until next Tuesday, but the Ulster Council insisted it should go ahead on Sunday at Brewster Park.

After meeting, the council released a statement which said: “After careful consideration of all the factors, the committee took the view that the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup semi-finals should be played on Sunday 12 January, as scheduled.”

Sports reporter Chris McNulty from Donegal Sports Hub says the news left Declan Bonner’s side was left with no choice.

“I suppose it’s a bit of an embarrassment for the GAA as a whole,” he said.

“They’re always emphasising how they’re trying to make the calendar easier on players and trying to make the thing logistically more suitable to players and teams.

“But this is an absolute nightmare.”