Derry will continue to deploy younger players as they welcome UUJ to Celtic Park this evening, in round two of the Dr. McKenna Cup. (7pm)
Despite losing last weekend’s contest 1-14 to 0-15 to Tyrone, manager Brian McIver is sticking to his policy of giving the young players such as Conor McAtamney and Ciaran McFaul game-time to continue their development.
UUJ went down to Antrim 2-09 to 1-15 at Casement Park last weekend and never really looked like winning the tie in truth despite Declan Lynch’s first-half goal which levelled matters. The Saffrons pulled away after the break and held on to claim a first win for new manager Frank Dawson.
As mentioned above Derry will again give youth a chance to prove their worth. Trio, Thomas Mallon, Philip Bradley and Rossa’s Daniel Heavron all make their debuts in this evening’s tie as McIver stays true to his words.
Derry (v UUJ):
Thomas Mallon (Loup); Carlus McWilliams (Ballinascreen), Dermot McBride (Ballinascreen), Brian McCallion (Greenlough); Conor McAtamney (Swatragh), Mark Lynch (Banagher) (capt), Philip Bradley (Ballinascreen); Bliain Gormley (Craigbane), PJ McCloskey (Banagher); Enda Lynn (Greenlough), Declan Mullan (Eoghan Rua), Daniel Heavron (Magherafelt); Coilin Devlin (Ballinderry), Eoin Bradley (Glenullin), James Kielt (Kilrea)
Substitutes: Kevin Farren (Dungiven), Ryan Ferris (Magherafelt), Ciaran Mullan (Eoghan Rua), Kevin Johnston (Dungiven), Sean Leo McGoldrick (Eoghan Rua), Gerard O’Kane (Glenullin), John McCamley (Glen), Ciaran McFaul (Glen), Raymond Wilkinson (Ballinderry), Lee Kennedy (Kilrea), Ryan Bell (Ballinderry)
Derry are heavy favorites to land their first win of the McKenna Cup and, while Jordanstown contains talented footballers, the favorites tag may well suit the Oak Leaf county.
Match betting with Boylesports 2/9 Derry 8/1 Draw 4/1 UUJ