McGarvey expecting a tough test from London


By Shaun Casey DERRY are expecting a difficult day at the office this weekend when they host London at Owenbeg in round three of the league. The Oakleafers have made a flying start to the season, collecting four points from their first two games. Johnny McGarvey’s side saw off Ulster rivals Tyrone and Donegal in […]


Gilmore aiming high with Setanta and Donegal


By Shaun Casey PRACTICE makes perfect and for Gerard Gilmore, working on his frees was a huge help for Setanta last season when they became the first ever team from Donegal to claim the Ulster Intermediate Hurling title. With former Armagh attacker Declan Coulter sidelined through injury, player/managers Kevin Campbell and Niall Cleary asked Gilmore […]


Injury-struck Donegal hoping to raid the Red Hand County


By Shaun Casey DONEGAL are preparing for their second all-Ulster clash in a row when they take on Tyrone at O’Neill’s Healy Park, Omagh on Saturday afternoon, and both sides go into the game with identical records. Tyrone and Donegal have experienced the exact same start to the league. Both have picked up one victory […]


Taggart taking it all in his stride


By Shaun Casey STANDING in at corner-back as a young and fresh 19-year-old, Portaferry’s Caolan Taggart thought every year was going to be like this. Win the county title, pick up a provincial crown, and give the All-Ireland series a crack. Unfortunately, sports rarely follow such easy plans. That was back in 2014 when Taggart […]


Red Hand hurlers bidding to bounce back


By Alan Rodgers HOME advantage is among the potential benefits which the Tyrone hurlers are hoping to call upon as they seek that first National League victory when Roscommon visit Carrickmore for what’s expected to be a close contest this weekend. Games between the two have been tight and uncompromising in recent years. Tyrone held the […]


Saffrons must offer response for visit of Dubs


By Michael McMullan ANTRIM hurlers will have had a difficult week after Sunday’s heavy defeat at the hands of Limerick. The Saffrons have little time to lick their wounds with Dublin coming to Corrigan Park on Sunday. Both teams were a pale shadow of the respective teams from their final games of the 2023 season. […]


Defender Cassidy looks for continued Derry momentum


By Michael McMullan MOMENTUM is the key theme for Derry hurlers as they face into Saturday’s trip to Letterkenny. Johnny McGarvey’s side, relegated from Division 2A last season, were winners over Tyrone on Sunday and defender Sean Cassidy echoes his manager’s preseason mantra. “Like any game this year, the big Johnny wants us to do […]


Saffrons must offer response for visit of Dubs


By Michael McMullan ANTRIM hurlers will have had a difficult week after Sunday’s heavy defeat at the hands of Limerick. The Saffrons have little time to lick their wounds with Dublin coming to Corrigan Park on Sunday. Both teams were a pale shadow of the respective teams from their final games of the 2023 season. […]


Donegal set their sights on derby clash


By Michael McMullan SOMETHING has to give on Saturday in Letterkenny as Donegal lock horns with neighbours Derry (O’Donnell Park, 2.30pm). Mickey McCann’s men were comfortable winners over Wicklow in their opening game having already won the Conor McGurk in pre-season. McCann will be hoping the injuries that forced new skipper Conor Gartland and Josh […]