Derry advance to the last eight as group winners

All-Ireland SFC Round 3 Derry 1-19 Clare 1-13 By Michael McMullan A POWERFUL opening to the second-half saw Derry book their spot in the quarter-finals as group winners with victory over Clare on Saturday night in Longford. Advertisement Ciaran Meenagh’s side now have the luxury of a weekend off as they scan over next weekend’s […]

Derry name team to face Clare

By Michael McMullan DERRY manager Ciaran Meenagh has named his side for Saturday’s final All-Ireland SFC group game with Clare in Longford (6pm). There is one change since the win over Donegal with Niall Loughlin listed to start of Benny Heron who was given the nod ahead of Loughlin in Ballybofey. Reserve goalkeeper Ryan Scullion, […]

MATCH PREVIEW: Derry must focus on their side of the bargain

All-Ireland SFC Round THREE Clare v Derry Saturday, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, 6pm By Michael McMullan Advertisement THE moment Karl O’Connell hit his 74th-minute equaliser at Celtic Park, Derry’s desire to top their group was out of their own hands. But it could’ve been worse. Three points in arrears, on two separate occasions, Derry were […]

Experienced heads still key for Corey

All-Ireland SFC Round 2 Monaghan v Clare Sunday, St Tiernach’s Park, 2pm By Shaun Casey YOU can’t teach old dogs new tricks, but then again, sometimes you don’t have to. Although Monaghan seem to be trying to turn a corner, when the going gets tough, it’s the old battle-hardened warriors that still stand up to […]

One change for Monaghan

MONAGHAN have made once for Sunday’s visit of Clare to Clones (2pm) for Round Two of the All-Ireland SFC series with Jack McCarron coming in for Dessie Ward. Otherwise it’s set to be the same 15 that started last weekend’s drawn encounter against Derry, with Conor McManus once again named on the bench. Monaghan: Rory […]

Donegal name team for trip to Clare

DONEGAL name their team for this weekend’s All-Ireland SFC clash with Clare in Ennis. There is no place for injured duo Michael Langan and Peadar Mogan. Langan went off injured against Down in the Ulster Championship while Mogan is still on the roac back to full fitness after coming off crutches for a foot injury. […]

MATCH PREVIEW: Donegal face into tough trip to take on Clare

All-Ireland SFC Round 1 Clare v Donegal Sunday, Ennis, 2pm By Michael McMullan DONEGAL’S season won’t be defined by Saturday, but their trip to Cusack Park presents danger and opportunity in equal measure. A win would come disguised as a springboard of sorts in a county desperately searching for any shoot of light. Advertisement It’s […]

Derry on the cusp of promotion

By Michael McMullan DERRY’S target is simple this week. Avoid defeat at the hands of Clare and they are on the way back to Division One for the first time since 2015. While a tenth game unbeaten since the 2022 All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Galway will see them through, it’s hard to imagine anything other […]

STEVEN POACHER: The separation game

LAST Friday evening in our school, St Joseph’s Newry, hosted the second of our January coach education evenings, with Clare Senior Football Coach Mark Doran delivering a brilliant session on using games to break down a crowded defence. There was 150 coaches at it and the previous week there was over 200 coaches there to witness […]

Derry take perfect record to Ennis

By Michael McMullan DERRY take their 100 per cent record to Ennis this weekend as they bid for back-to-back promotions. Rory Gallagher’s side have conceded a mere 20 points across their wins over Down, Offaly and Cork to date, on the back of the best score difference across all four divisions. It’s the first meeting […]