GERARD O’KANE: A final of the highest quality

I COULD easily be writing this column and replacing the words Derry and Armagh such was the paper-thin difference between the sides on Sunday past. Nearly 100 minutes of action could not separate the two teams and it eventually came down to the lottery that is penalties. Without going into the whole debate of the rights […]

All-Ireland trail now in Derry’s sights says Rogers

By Michael McMullan BIDDING for the county’s All-Ireland title will definitely be long-term thoughts when Derry return to training insists Ulster final goalscorer Brendan Rogers. Winning the McKenna Cup was the first target. Tick. Next, it was righting the wrongs of their 2022 promotion failure. Tick. Then it moved on to retaining their Ulster title. Tick. “Tuesday […]

STEVEN POACHER – Armagh need to take risks or they will be beaten

THIS Sunday’s Ulster final is certainly creating headlines before a ball is even thrown in with the unprecedented demand for match tickets certainly causing a stir amongst supporters from both counties. The decision to play the game in Clones obviously carries some history, mystic and tradition behind it but this is 2023 – common sense […]

Derry have full deck ahead of final step of title defence

By Michael McMullan DERRY manager Rory Gallagher looks to have a full bill of health as the Oakleafers embark on the final step of their Ulster title defence against Armagh on Sunday. Gallagher didn’t have access to u-20 trio Mark Doherty, Matthew Downey and Niall O’Donnell for their semi-final over the Farney men due to […]

Armagh sweating on fitness of key players

Armagh are sweating on the fitness of a number of key players ahead of Sunday’s Ulster final with reigning champions Derry. Kieran McGeeney’s men ended a 15-year wait to reach the decider when they overcame Down by ten points in the semi-final. But it came at a cost as three key players, Ben Crealey, Ciaran […]

Grimley set for spell on the sidelines

NIALL Grimley looks set to miss out on the rest of Armagh’s championship campaign having recently picked up a knee injury. Gaelic Life understands that Grimley damaged his knee (MCL) in training and will be sidelined for 10-12 weeks. The knock isn’t as bad as first feared, but with the reduced championship window, Grimley is […]