Former students in U21′s bid for All-Ireland Glory

Best wishes to Jim Mc Guinness and his under 21 side as they face Dublin in the All-Ireland under 21 final in Breffini Park, Cavan, this Saturday night at 7pm.  All at St Columba’s will be wishing the best to our former students – Glentie’s men Leo McLoone, Dermott Molloy and Ciaran Boyle who line out beside Ardara’s  Peter McNelis Conor Classon and Paddy McGrath.

Donegal are managed by another former pupil of St Columba’s Comprehensive Jim McGuinness.   The  former Donegal star from Naomh Conail in Glenties brought home the first major football title for Donegal at provincial level since 1995. Jim was a panel memeber of the Donegal All-Ireland winning team of 1992. The Derry People said:

” Jim McGuinness has been the brains behind the current operation. By his own admission, the Donegal U21 manager cuts his cloth according to the occasion, and those who have witnessed his team in action throughout the Ulster championship will lay testament to that. Preparations have been excellent to date, as McGuinness’s way of thinking and beliefs upon how football should be approached have become part of his panel’s mindset.”

BELOW: Leo McCloone in action against Carlow . Jim McGuinness visits  the comp to present the ” McGuinness Cup ” in memory of his late brother, Charles RIP. Pictured with Manus Brennan and Dara Gallagher.

Donegal beat Munster Champions Tipperary on a score line of 0-12 to 0-04, while Dublin defeated the Connacht champions Roscommon 2-10 to 0-08. Dublin last tasted All-Ireland success in the U21 grade in 2003 when they defeated Ulster opposition in the final (Tyrone). Donegal have to look back  to 1987  when Donegal last claimed the U21 title when they beat Kerry after a replay.