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 […]

McGuigan relishing life in the top-flight

By Michael McMullan PLAYING in front of bumper crowds are something Derry dreamt of insists Shane McGuigan. The 26-year-old marked his 70th senior appearance with an 11-point haul in Saturday’s win over Monaghan. While Celtic Park wasn’t as wedged full as their wins over Tyrone and Dublin in the league, McGuigan still hailed the importance […]

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 […]

Shock and pride at championship exit: Meenagh

By Michael McMullan SHOCK was the dominant emotion as Derry manager Ciarán Meenagh began to process Sunday’s All-Ireland exit but he also felt the squad did the county proud. Before leaving a “highly disappointed” Derry dressing room, Meenagh offered the same word to the squad he’d preached “over and over” in the 10 weeks since […]

The temperature rises on Derry’s promotion bid

By Michael McMullan IT’S a case of unbeaten meets unbeaten on Saturday (5pm) as the Royals make the trip to Owenbeg. Rory Gallagher’s side will have the Meath challenge fresh in the memory from last season when a Niall Loughlin goal in an unanswered 1-4 blitz in the last 10 minutes dug victory from the […]

Derry could miss experienced trio for McKenna Cup opener

By Michael McMullan DERRY could be without experienced trio Ciaran McFaul, Padraig Cassidy and Gareth McKinless for their opening game of the new season, manager Rory Gallagher has indicated. The Oakleafers host Monaghan on Friday (7.45) in the McKenna Cup at Owenbeg, a repeat of his first game in charge two seasons ago. McFaul picked […]