By Michael McMullan
DERRY manager Rory Gallagher has named an unchanged team for Saturday’s Ulster SFC semi-final clash with Monaghan (5pm) in O’Neill’s Healy Park.
There is a return for Oisin McWilliams who missed the last four games with a fractured bone in his leg.
Skipper Conor Glass and Chrissy McKaigue have been named after being replaced as a precaution in the Oakleafers’ win over Fermanagh in the quarter-final.
Gallagher won’t be able to call on u-20 trio Mark Doherty, Niall O’Donnell and Matthew Downey who featured in Wednesday’s Ulster final defeat to Down.
Saturday’s showdown with the Farney County is a repeat of last year’s semi-final when goals from Gareth McKinless and Benny Heron had Derry in the driving seat by the 22nd minute with Heron adding a third goal in the second half.
The other semi-final this weekend pits Armagh against rivals Down (Clones 4pm) with a spot in the May 14 decider up for grabs.
Derry: Odhran Lynch; Chrissy McKaigue, Eoin McEvoy, Conor McCluskey; Paudi McGrogan, Gareth McKinless, Conor Doherty; Conor Glass, Brendan Rogers; Padraig Cassidy, Paul Cassidy, Ethan Doherty; Niall Toner, Shane McGuigan, Niall Loughlin
Subs: Ryan Scullion, Ben McCarron, Lachlan Murray, Paul McNeill, Declan Cassidy, Shea Downey, Conleth McGuckian, Benny Heron, Ciaran McFaul, Diarmuid Baker, Oisin McWilliams