GAA Football

Donegal star Neil McGee ruled out of Ulster final

Donegal's Neil McGee
Gerry McLaughlin

DONEGAL full-back Neil McGee is out of the Ulster final clash with neighbours, Fermanagh on Sunday week, it has been learned.

His county appealed his sending off 13 minutes into the semi-final clash with Down to the Central Hearings Committee.

That appeal was unsuccessful and McGee will serve a one-match ban as per rule.

He will be a big loss to a Donegal as his physical presence, experience and leadership would be vital to a defence that has been less than convincing in Donegal's three matches with Cavan, Derry and Down.

In his absence, former minor star Stephen McMenamin might be slotted in as a direct replacement or Caolan Ward might be switched to man the full back line against a fairly-powerful and potent Fermanagh full-forward line of Seamus Quigley, Sean Quigley and Conall Jones, all of whom are over six feet.

McGee was sent off by referee Anthony Nolan for coming in contact with Down full-forward Connaire Harrison's back as the Mourne man lay on the ground in the semi-final in Clones.

The referee had already issued a yellow card to the Gaoth Dobhair man for an earlier matter.

The referee consulted with a linesman before sending McGee off.

He will be eligible for Donegal's group match if they get over Fermanagh on Sunday.

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