Taking it in his stride


By Michael McMullan THE warm smile on Ruairí Ó Mianáin’s face tells you exactly how he plays his hurling. It’s just a part of him. His touch and bag of tricks are one part of the package. It would make any manager in Ireland take note. The hurl is merely an extension of his arm. […]


Derry team named ahead of Christy Ring clash


By Michael McMullan DERRY have named their side ahead of Sunday’s Christy Ring Cup final showdown with Kildare in Croke Park (2.15pm) Mark Craig and Niall Farren return from the side that saw off Sligo in their final game of the group stages. Swatragh duo James Friel and Sean Francis Quinn miss out, with the […]


Down wary of Kildare, says Keith


By Shaun Casey GIVEN their recent history with Kildare, Down won’t be underestimating their opponents this weekend and will be on their guard as they hope to pick up another two points while their opponents are searching for their first win of the campaign. Down suffered a first-round defeat at the hands of Laois before bouncing […]


Motivated McGeeney taking on familiar foe in Kildare


By Shaun Casey KILDARE gave Kieran McGeeney his big break into inter-county management, but this Sunday, a win against his former side will force the Lilywhites further towards relegation while pushing Armagh a step closer to promotion. The opening two rounds couldn’t have gone any differently for Armagh and Kildare, who sit at opposite ends […]


Injuries mount for Fermanagh


By Pauric McGurn THE Erne County have enjoyed a positive start to Division Two football with a fine draw on the road in their opening fixture, but Kieran Donnelly is mindful that they have quite a number of injuries to contend with at present. Fermanagh mustered a draw against Meath last weekend and the action […]


Oak Leaf  boss notes signs of encouragment


  By Niall Gartland DIVISION 2A newcomers Derry have been thrown in at the deep end with a gruelling run of fixtures but their manager Johnny McGarvey says he’s been ‘encouraged’ by their performances to date. They’re still searching for their first points of the campaign ahead of Sunday’s visit of  Kildare (Celtic Park 12.30pm), […]


Derry take unbeaten run to Newbridge


By Michael McMullan THE last time Derry and Kildare crossed paths in the league; it took a controversial late Emmett McGuckin goal to earn Damian Barton’s side a 1-18 to 1-17 win. From that Division Two clash six years ago in Celtic Park, only attackers Benny Heron and Niall Loughlin are on board with the […]


Armagh keep on track for league final place


A GOAL from Andrew Murnin helped Armagh’s chances of reaching the Division One final in a 1-12 to 0-10 win in a monsoon at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday night. Their win takes them level with Mayo in second place behind Kerry who defeated Mayo in Tralee with a late free from David Clifford. Murnin […]