McErlain hails Derry’s resilience

By Shaun Casey “TO win an All-Ireland, everything has to be right,” said Damian McErlain after his side defeated Armagh by three points to win back-to-back All-Ireland Minor titles for the first time in the county’s history. For large spells, the Orchard County matched McErlain’s youthful team stride for stride, but when the going got tough in […]

Derry must put their best foot forward says McErlain

By Michael McMullan DERRY minors must produce their best performance yet when they take on Kerry in Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final (Mullingar 1.30pm) insists manager Damian McErlain. The reigning champions met the Kingdom in a challenge game during the season and the Derry management know exactly what is coming down the tracks. After digging their heels […]

Derry minors hit reset button ahead of All-Ireland defence

By Michael McMullan DAMIAN McErlain has walked the minor path long enough to know how it works. An Ulster winner as a player in 1995, he is now in a fifth season as Derry boss across two stints. After retaining their Ulster title against Armagh, the Oakleafers take on Leinster runners-up Dublin in Saturday’s Electric […]

Derry minor boss praises maturity of his players

By Michael McMullan “IT doesn’t get any easier.” That’s how Derry minor manager Damian McErlain sees the defence of their All-Ireland title. The Oakleafers had to fend off a stern Armagh challenge to retain their Ulster title in Omagh. Eoin Duffy’s goal had Armagh two points ahead after 20 minutes before Derry hit three points […]