"This is a bigger match for Donegal than it is for Derry"

May 27, 2022

Derry's Gareth McKinless, Padraig Casey and Conor Glass follow Ryan McHugh of Donegal ©INPHO/James Crombie

Former Mayo star Kevin McStay believes this Sunday’s Ulster SFC final is the time for Donegal “to produce or leave the table”.

Declan Bonner’s side head to Clones as favourites to see off Derry this weekend and collect their first Anglo-Celt Cup in three years.

Speaking on the RTE GAA podcast, McStay feels there is more pressure on the Tir Chonaill men to deliver than their opponents.

"This is a bigger match for Donegal than it is for Derry," he stated.

"Derry will have life after the Ulster final, as in Rory Gallagher will stay on and will fight to get out of Division 2 next year. It’s a slow burner of a project, but moving at a nice pace.

"This is the line in the sand for Declan Bonner and the management team. And for quite a few of the older players. It’s time to produce or leave the table, I think. They will find it very difficult to continue into the qualifiers if they don’t have the confidence of an Ulster final behind them.

"Derry absolutely can move into the last 12 and still be in good fettle."

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