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 motivated to go one step further


Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship Final Derry v Armagh Sunday, O’Neill’s Healy Park, 2pm By Michael McMullan SUNDAY is the final step of James Sargent’s underage Derry career that has been laced with memorable days. They looked to have both hands on the 2023 league title until Donegal’s Eoghan Scott struck for goal. There was […]


McErlain knows what is coming around the final corner


Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship Final Derry v Armagh Sunday, O’Neill’s Healy Park, 2pm By Michael McMullan DERRY minor manager Damian McErlain is under no illusions of the task that awaits his charges in Sunday’s All-Ireland final. Within hours of overseeing his side’s hard fought semi-final win over Kerry, McErlain was on the road again […]


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 […]


Eamon Young can’t wait for All-Ireland series


By Michael McMullan DERRY’S Eamon Young was a man in demand after Sunday’s minor final. Photos with family and members of Newbridge were the important memos. The members of the St Mary’s, Magherafelt MacRory squad also huddled around to mark the school’s imprint on victory over Armagh. Young has been here before. One of five […]


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 […]


Stakes start to rise for Derry minors


By Michael McMullan THE stakes rise for Derry and Armagh minors who meet in Saturday’s top of the table clash in Owenbeg. Group winners advance straight to the semi-finals where they will be rewarded with home advantage. After that, teams in second and third spots play in two quarter-finals. Reigning Ulster and All-Ireland champions Derry […]


Oakleafer minors out to continue winning run


By Shaun Casey ULSTER and All-Ireland Minor champions Derry continue their championship campaign this weekend as they travel to Dunsilly to take on Antrim and aim to continue their fine form at this age grade. Damian McErlain’s side have already captured the league title, the only trophy that eluded them last season, and opened their […]


Minor Team of the Year


All-Ireland minor champions Derry met Monaghan in both the Ulster and All-Ireland finals. It’s not surprising the counties dominate the Electric Ireland Minor football Team of the Year released this week 1. Jamie Mooney (Monaghan and Cremartin) FOUR penalty saves in the Ulster semi-final shootout against Tyrone caught the eye but those heroics were only […]