Defender Cassidy looks for continued Derry momentum


By Michael McMullan MOMENTUM is the key theme for Derry hurlers as they face into Saturday’s trip to Letterkenny. Johnny McGarvey’s side, relegated from Division 2A last season, were winners over Tyrone on Sunday and defender Sean Cassidy echoes his manager’s preseason mantra. “Like any game this year, the big Johnny wants us to do […]


McGarvey content with Oakleafers’ winning start


DERRY hurling manager Johnny McGarvey was “delighted” at getting their season off to a winning start even though they needed a second burst to win the game. The Oaks led 0-14 to 0-1 at a stage in the first half before Tyrone pegged the margin back to five points before Corey O’Reilly’s goal shot them […]


Promotion the target for Derry hurlers


By Niall Gartland JOHNNY McGarvey is hopeful of a more stable league campaign in his second year in charge of the Derry hurlers. They find themselves in Division 2B having suffered relegation last year, but they’ve had a much more productive pre-season under their belts as they look ahead to their season opener against Tyrone […]


McNaughton one of the new faces in the Derry hurling panel


By Michael McMullan FORMER Antrim player Christy McNaughton will be part of Derry manager Johnny McGarvey’s plans for 2024 after throwing his lot in with the Oakleaf County. In his second season as manager, McGarvey has set his focus on promotion with an eye on the Christy Ring Cup later in the year. Now living […]


McGarvey full of praise for Derry after gutting defeat


By Michael McMullan DERRY manager Johnny McGarvey was full of praise for his side and urges them to stick together after Saturday’s gut-wrenching defeat to Meath in the Christy Ring Cup final. The Oakleafers were seven points down before they scored, trailed by ten at half time and were 13 points in arrears before a […]


Mullan’s latest Croker mission


Christy Ring Cup final Derry v Meath Saturday, Croke Park, 5pm (Live on TG4) By Michael McMullan Advertisement SATURDAY will be John Mullan’s third time to grace the luscious sod of Croke Park. Along his younger brother Richie, he was on the wrong end of Offalys 0-41 tally in the Christy Ring final two years […]


McGarvey hoping Derry hurlers rise to the occasion


By Michael McMullan DERRY senior hurling manager Johnny McGarvey sees Saturday’s Christy Ring Cup final showdown with Meath as a “50-50” clash and hopes it’s his side that rises to the occasion. The Royals were narrow winners when the sides met at Owenbeg in the league stages of the competition, but Saturday (Croke Park, 5pm) […]


Mullan hails input of Derry management team


By Michael McMullan DERRY attacking ace John Mullan has heaped praise on their new-look management team after stepping in at the eleventh hour this season to help guide the Oakleafers to Saturday week’s Christy Ring Cup against Meath in Croke Park (5pm). Johnny McGarvey answered the call just three weeks before the league opener with […]


Ulster sides eye up final spots


By Shaun Casey DERRY can reach this season’s Christy Ring Cup final this weekend if they overcome Mayo, who sit at the bottom of the table with zero points to show from their four outings. Derry’s two-point win away to London last weekend means that their fate is all in their own hands ahead of […]