Peter Canavan has been speaking about the Ulster final.
Former All-Ireland winner with Tyrone, Peter Canavan, has explained that he views Donegal as the favourites for the Ulster senior football final this weekend.
Canavan, who was writing in his Sky Sports column, did explain that he does not see Declan Bonner’s side having it all their own way.
Rory Gallagher’s Derry come into the game off the back of a fine campaign so far, blowing away Tyrone in their last-eight clash, before then seeing off Monaghan in the Ulster semi-final.
“If they show any signs of going through the motions, then Derry will eat them up..”
But despite that impressive run so far, Canavan has installed Donegal as ‘slight’ favourites for the tie as the Ulster Championship comes to a dramatic close this weekend.
“I would put Donegal as slight favourites here,” he wrote. “The big issue is hunger and motivation. When [Donegal] were last in an Ulster final two years ago, the hungrier team won. They were bested by Cavan on intensity and work-rate.
“This is Donegal’s 10th Ulster final in 12 years, and if they show any signs of going through the motions, then Derry will eat them up.”
In Derry’s last Ulster Championship tie, they were fortunate that they came up against a Monaghan side who missed a plethora of chances, which led to Gallagher’s side seeing past Monaghan’s challenge.
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But Canavan does not think Donegal will be consigned to the same fate against Derry.
“I don’t think Donegal will be as wayward in their finishing as Monaghan were. So if they can match the intensity of Derry, then I expect Donegal will have the fire-power to see this one out.”
Derry v Donegal.
After reaching the Ulster final, Derry will be hoping that they claim their first Ulster crown since 1998.
In that ’98 decider, Derry saw off Donegal with a two-point victory. But their most recent final appearance saw them lose to Donegal, losing by six points in the 2011 final.