Team news: Donegal and Tipperary reveal selections for crunch TG4 All-Ireland SFC clash

Group 1, Round 2:

Donegal v Tipperary; Castlerea, Roscommon, 2pm (G McMahon). 

DONEGAL were hugely impressive as they successfully defended their TG4 Ulster senior title – and thoughts now turn to the All-Ireland series.

Managed by Maxi Curran, Donegal are one of the leading contenders for the Brendan Martin Cup in September.

They possess attackers of rich quality, including Geraldine McLaughlin and Yvonne Bonner, and appear to have become a much tighter unit defensively also, with All Star Ciara Hegarty anchoring the half-back line.

That bodes well for a genuine crack at the big prize but they’ll face a Tipperary side desperate for victory in Castlerea.

It’s do-or-die for the Premier County after they lost their opening fixture against Kerry in Nenagh last weekend.

Shane Ronayne’s charges were competitive but undone by a 2-3 haul from Kerry captain Sarah Houlihan.

Tipperary were also rocked before throw-in when news emerged that experienced star Jennifer Grant had suffered a serious Achilles injury.

Tipp will need a big performance to overturn pre-match favourites Donegal, and keep their season alive.

Donegal are unchanged from the Ulster final, as Tipperary bring in Gillian O’Brien for a start after she scored two points off the bench against Kerry.

Donegal team: 

1 Laura Gallagher Glenswilly
2 Treasa Doherty Carndonagh
3 Nicole McLoughlin Termon
4 Deirdre Foley Carndonagh
5 Therese McCafferty Termon
6 Ciara Hegarty Moville
7 Emer Gallagher Termon
8 Katy Herron Glenfin
9 Aoife McDonald N.Conaill
10 Karen Guthrie Glenfin
11 Niamh Hegarty Moville
12 Sarah Jane McDonald Moville
13 Geraldine McLoughlin Termon
14 Yvonne Bonner Glenfin
15 Eilish Ward St Nauls

Tipperary team: 

1 Lauren Fitzpatrick Ballymacarbry
2 Laura Dillon Ardfinnan
3 Maria Curley Templemore
4 Brid Condon Aherlow
5 Anna Rose Kennedy Aherlow
6 Samantha Lambert Ardfinnan
7 Siobhan Condon Aherlow
8 Aisling McCarthy Cahir
9 Orla O Dwyer Boherlahan
10 Caoimhe Condon Brian Borus
11 Aishling Moloney Cahir
12 Niamh Lonergan Moyle Rovers
13 Roisin Howard Cahir
14 Mairead Morrissey Brian Borus
15 Gillian O Brien Moyle Rovers

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