King: this is a serious Donegal outfit

June 22, 2019

Stephen King, Damien O'Reilly and Fintan Cahill celebrate after the 1997 Ulster SFC final ©Billy Stickland/INPHO

Stephen King hopes Cavan captain Raymond Galligan can follow in his footsteps by lifting the Anglo Celt Cup at Clones tomorrow.

King holds the distinction of being the last man from the Breffni County to achieve that distinction back in 1997 but, speaking to the Irish Independent in advance of tomorrow’s final showdown with Donegal, he said: “I'll be the happiest person in Cavan if I lose the tag of being the last man to captain the county to an Ulster title.

“I've had it for far too long. I hope it goes this time.”

Donegal’s dismantling of Tyrone in the semi-final highlighted the challenge that is in front of Mickey Graham’s men and it came as no surprise to the Killeshandra man.

“Donegal were my choice to win Ulster before the championship started. Naturally, I was hoping Cavan would make a push, but of the three favourites at the time - Tyrone, Donegal and Monaghan - Donegal were my choice.

“A lot of people fancied Tyrone, but I felt that Donegal would come through from that side of the draw. I know that losing Peter Harte (black-carded in the 11th minute) was a big loss for Tyrone in the semi-final, but I don't think he would have made the difference.

“Donegal were excellent. Shaun Patton's accurate kick-outs and the various match-ups put Tyrone under fierce pressure. Declan Bonner and the rest of the lads got the planning just right and the players carried it out brilliantly, so we know what Cavan are up against. This is a serious Donegal outfit.”

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