All-Star ballers

1 Shane Ryan (Kerry) IN our book, Ryan has been the outstanding goalkeeper in this year’s championship. His kick-outs have been superb, he’s made some smart saves and he even scored a point from play against Derry (a controversial point, granted). A very assured goalkeeper indeed.   2 Tom O’Sullivan (Kerry) Advertisement TOM O’Sullivan missed […]

Meenagh: We want to produce a better semi-final showing than last year

By Michael McMullan WHILE Derry manager Ciarán Meenagh accepts the “fair” opinion that his side may not be in Gaelic football’s very top elite bracket, the Oakleafers’ latest training window is aimed at giving a better account than their 2022 All-Ireland semi-final. Speaking after their four-point win over Cork – and before being they were […]

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 […]

The big-game performers on Ulster final day

Niall Gartland takes a look at the footballers who have shone brightest on Ulster Championship final day in recent seasons, picking up the Man of the Match awards 2022: Brendan Rogers (Derry) ONE of the most likeable lads on the inter-county circuit and also one of the most talented, Brendan Rogers had a game to […]

Quickfire start was crucial for Derry says Rogers

By Michael McMullan A QUICK-FIRE start against Fermanagh on Saturday gave Derry the opportunity to get their key men on the front foot says Brendan Rogers. The Sleacht Néill man said a line was quickly drawn under their Dublin league final defeat ahead of the championship. Derry’s analysis came down to two elements. The Oakleafers […]