Donegal bolster defence with experienced duo for Mayo tie

Karl Lacey and Eamonn McGee are named in the Donegal team for the All-Ireland quarter-final against Mayo, despite concerns over their fitness.
Karl Lacey and Eamonn McGee are named in the Donegal team for the All-Ireland quarter-final against Mayo, despite concerns over their fitness.
All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final: Mayo v Donegal
Date: Saturday, 8 August Venue: Croke Park, Dublin Throw-in: 18:00 BST
Coverage: Live BBC Radio Ulster MW and the BBC sport website

Karl Lacey and Eamonn McGee have been named in the Donegal team for the All-Ireland quarter-final against Mayo, despite concerns over their fitness.

Lacey missed last weekend's qualifier win over Galway with a knee injury sustained during the Ulster final.

McGee picked up an ankle injury against Galway and was taken off at half time, but both have been included in defence for Saturday's tie in Croke Park.

Martin McElhinney also starts with Hugh McFadden and Eamon Doherty losing out.

Fit-again McElhinney made a huge impact when introduced at half time against Galway.

He damaged knee ligaments prior to the Ulster final defeat by Monaghan, but recovered with a superb second-half display against Galway, and is looking forward to avenging Donegal's heavy 4-17 to 1-10 loss to Mayo in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final.

Donegal defender Karl Lacey is named to start in Saturday's All-Ireland quarter-final against Mayo
Donegal defender Karl Lacey is named to start in Saturday's All-Ireland quarter-final against Mayo

"The last time we played them, they gave us a right tanking and we want to get one back at them," said McElhinney.

"They came through Connacht comfortable enough and have had a few weeks rest, but we owe them one from that All-Ireland quarter-final.

"It was probably the worst day we've ever had so it's good to have a chance to try and make up for it."

Manager Rory Gallagher is giving Lacey and McGee every chance to prove their fitness, with Anthony Thompson and Leo McLoone poised to start if they fail late fitness tests.

Donegal defeated Mayo in the All-Ireland final in 2012.

Donegal: P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, E McGee; R McHugh, K Lacey, F McGlynn, N Gallagher, M McElhinney; M O'Reilly, O MacNiallais, M McHugh; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden.

Subs: M McGinley, A Thompson, E Doherty, C Toye, D Walsh, H McFadden, Declan Walsh, L McLoone, G McFadden, C McGinley, E Gallagher.

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