Donegal’s senior footballers spent the weekend in Inishowen where they put the finishing touches to their master plan to topple a high flying Derry side in Sunday’s Ulster Championship opener at Celtic Park (Throw in 2pm).

The county footballers arrived in the Foyleside area of the peninsula on Friday night where they trained in an intensive behind closed doors session at Moville GAA Club before spending the first of two nights at the Redcastle Hotel.

Saturday was spent off the field where Jim McGuinness hosted a number of team meetings and video analysis sessions at the hotel before the squad took part in a second session on Sunday morning at Naomh Padraig’s nearby pitch at Ture.

McGuinness also gave a number of prominent local players an opportunity to train with the panel on Friday night where the team played five high intensity 15 minute games at Carrick Field.

On the team front, Donegal will definitely be without St Eunans’ Rory Kavanagh who serves a one match suspension for his red card in the Division Two League final defeat to Monaghan, while doubts remain over the availability of his midfield partner Neil Gallagher who is struggling with an ankle complaint.

Ryan Bradley has traditionally filled in for that pair in recent years but with the Buncrana man currently taking a sabbatical in Qatar, McGuinness will look to the St Michael’s duo of Martin McElhinney and Christy Toye to step in against Derry’s experienced pairing of Feargal Doherty and Patsy Bradley.

Inishowen’s Darrach O’Connor and Declan Walsh will be on standby to start if there are any last minute injuries.

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