The composure conundrum

By Niall Gartland YOU may have chanced upon Malachy Clerkin’s column in the Irish Times the other week. Rory McIlroy had finished second in the US Open, one of the four golf majors, and the view espoused in thousands upon thousands of social media posts was that he had effectively blown it. Social media isn’t […]

We’re just glad to have the Derry fans back on our side: Doherty

By Michael McMullan PLAYING in Croke Park brings the best out in players, insists Derry’s Conor Doherty ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final showdown with Kerry. Doherty made a return from injury to help Derry to victory in last weekend’s preliminary quarter-final win over Mayo in Castlebar. It was the Newbridge man’s penalty that sealed victory […]

MATCH PREVIEW: Derry face a tough assignment out West

All-Ireland SFC preliminary quarter-final Mayo v Derry Saturday, Hastings Insurance MacHale Park, 6.30pm By Michael McMullan THE championship fire was stoked for Derry on Monday morning when they were pitted with Mayo. Emmett Bradley’s goal broke Westmeath’s resistance last weekend in Newry. It was a must-win game against a team promoted from the league’s third […]

Derry team named for Armagh visit

By Michael McMullan DERRY have made two changes to their team for Sunday’s visit of Armagh to Celtic Park (4pm). Injured duo Conor Doherty and Eoin McEvoy have been listed to start ahead of Declan Cassidy and the suspended Gareth McKinless from the defeat to Galway. Emmett Bradley retains his place with Cormac Murphy also […]

Derry make one change for Roscommon visit

By Michael McMullan DERRY have made one change for Sunday’s visit of Roscommon to Celtic Park (1.45pm). Niall Toner came on at half time for Niall Loughlin in Castlebar to score three vital points to clinch victory. Toner is listed to start on Sunday with Loughlin dropping out of the matchday panel. Advertisement His place […]

Harte not rushing back Doherty

By Michael McMullan DERRY manager Mickey Harte will be taking advice before deciding on Conor Doherty’s return to action. The Newbridge man played every minute of Derry’s season until a knee injury forced him off before half-time of their victory over Galway in Salthill. A scan revealed the injury wasn’t as serious as initially feared […]

Positive news on Doherty injury

By Michael McMullan CONOR Doherty’s injury against Galway isn’t as serious as it was first feared revealed Derry manager Mickey Harte. The Newbridge man had played every minute of Derry’s season until a knee injury sustained 24 minutes into their win over Galway forced him off by half-time. Speaking after the game, Harte indicated the […]

Derry hungry for more progression says Conor Doherty

By Michael McMullan DESPITE the joy of back-to-back Ulster titles, Derry’s Conor Doherty insists the Oakleafers are still hungry for more. Doherty made his debut under Damian Barton in the 2017 All-Ireland Qualifier exit at the hands of Mayo in Castlebar. Doherty captained Derry to the inaugural u-20 Ulster title the following year but was […]

The shifting culture of physical fitness

Former Derry star Paul McFlynn has noticed a huge shift in the world of conditioning across the GAA since his own playing days. By Michael McMullan IN the days after Eoin McEvoy lifted the MacRory Cup, the St Mary’s Magherafelt past pupils’ WhatsApp group was pinging with messages. Paul McFlynn was part of the 1996 […]