Martin McElhinney will become the latest Donegal player to reach 100 appearances tomorrow night.
McElhinney, who was man of the match in Sunday’s win over Down in Newry, will line out in Tir Chonaill’s McKenna Cup clash with Cavan in Ballybofey.
Donegal will guarantee a semi-final spot if they avoid defeat to the Breffni.
McElhinney made his first Donegal appearance as a sub in the 2007 McKenna Cup against UUJ – the same day as Michael Murphy first appeared for the Donegal seniors.
The two had been team-mates on the UIster Minor-winning side in 2006 and made their SFC bows in 2007 in a qualifier against Leitrim in Carrick-On-Shannon.
It took McElhinney some time to make a mark but, under Jim McGuinness, the St Michael’s ace soon became a regular. He was one of the most used players under McGuinness, featuring in all bar four League and Championship games in the Glenties man’s four-year spell.
McElhinney had an injury-ravaged 2018 when his Championship game-time was limited to 17 minutes in the Super 8 defeat by Tyrone in Ballybofey.
Donegal statistician Fr Sean Gallagher has broken the Creeslough native’s 99 Donegal appearances as follows: 43 Championship; 47 League; and 9 McKenna Cup.Tags: