Buncrana boss Robert Farren says his squad are primed and ready for Saturday's intermediate championship clash away to St Naul's (throw-in 7.30pm).

The Scarvey men lost out narrowly to promotion-chasers Cloughaneely in the league last weekend, but despite the defeat Farren insists he was delighted with the performance.

He told the Inish Times: "Over the last few weeks we've been tailoring our training to this championship game, and the Cloughaneely match proved that we're getting things right.

"We lost Kevin Campbell to a red card early on. Our boys could have just thrown in the towel, but despite being a man down they actually finished the game stronger."

Having defeated Downings in their opening group match, a win on Saturday would send Buncrana through to the knock-out stages.

Current division three leaders St Naul's have already taken an All-Ireland junior Gaeltacht title that has boosted their confidence this season, albeit that they are currently missing ace marksmen Stephen Griffin, Brendan McCole and Des McGroarty.

Said Farren: "John McNulty is the manager, and any team he's in charge of will be well-drilled, fit and have a good game plan.

""But I'm really pleased with the condition of our players at the minute, and I was delighted with how they played against a very strong and fit Cloughaneely side.

"We just have to be clever in training this week and put the finishing touches on our game plan - but the hard work is done."

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