Football: Brian: Iver No Idea Why We're Favourites; FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Donegal V Kerry, Today, 2.00 DONEGAL BOSS REJECTS TITLE TALK

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Football: Brian: Iver No Idea Why We're Favourites; FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Donegal V Kerry, Today, 2.00 DONEGAL BOSS REJECTS TITLE TALK


Byline: Pat NOLAN

DONEGAL boss Brian McIver has rubbished "silly talk" suggesting that his side will be favourites for this year's Ulster Championship clash with Armagh.

With Donegal currently on their best run in years at the top of Division 1A and Armagh staring third flight football in the face at the foot of Division 1B, many, including former star Martin McHugh, have backed McIver's men for the May 27 showdown.

"We can do nothing in terms of people's speculation," said the manager.

"Out concern at the minute is Sunday 25 March and we're not looking beyond that. I'm not speculating at all in terms of the Championship.

"You cannot be looking that far ahead and it's silly talk to be making us favourites for the Armagh game with Armagh three times Ulster champions ina-row.

"We'll not be worrying about speculation, all we'll be worrying about is two points against Kerry."

He doesn't hide his satisfaction at Donegal's four-game winning streak in this year's campaign so far though.

"From our particular perspective we're very happy with our start to the National League and this is going to be great for us," he continued looking forward to tomorrow's game with the Kingdom.

"We have moved from Tyrone last time around to the All-Ireland champions Kerry in the space of two weeks. From a Donegal perspective, it's the type of game that a year ago they wanted to be involved in.

"We approached the league in terms of the fact that Division 1A is exceptionally strong.

A good percentage of these games have been played with an almost championship-style fervour to them.

"Our first game was down in Cork but we knew that it was going to be a massive start for us. If we could go to Cork and win, it would be a great two points to kick us off. …

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