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Donegal have had the advantage over Brian McIver’s Derry men in recent Championship meetings, including last summer’s clash when Donegal defeated their Ulster rivals by a goal, 1-11 – 0-11.
In what was a competitive clash in last year’s Ulster quarter final, Derry matched their neighbours manfully, until a typical Donegal burst in the third quarter of the game (which saw them score 1-05) put the game to bed, in favour of Jim McGuinness’ team.
Now under Rory Gallagher’s stewardship this year, Donegal have made a very impressive start to the defence of their Ulster title and, are many people’s tip for All-Ireland success come September.
The manner in which they dismantled Tyrone in their first round was impressive, as was the ease in which they got through Armagh’s challenge a fortnight ago. Mixing their game up wonderfully, an early goal settled Gallagher’s men, as they ran out comfortable 2-11 – 0-08 winners against Kieran McGeeney’s charges.
Donegal welcome back Colm McFadden to the starting fifteen in place of Martin O’ Reilly, in what is their only change from the victory over Armagh, as they bid for a place in their fifth consecutive Ulster final.
Derry on the other hand, looked anything but impressive in their quarter final, as they limped past Down.
Eoin Bradley kicked the winning score for McIver’s men in injury time, but for long periods Derry struggled with 14-man Down, and went 21 minutes without registering a score in the second half.
The Oak Leaf County make just one change to their team for Saturday’s clash also, as Cailean O’ Boyle comes in to the full forward line in place of Benny Heron.
A huge improvement is needed from Derry to make this competitive on Saturday.
A return to the form they displayed against Donegal in last year’s Championship is the least needed by Brian McIver and his players, if they are to stand any chance of competing with the 2012 All Ireland champions.
If anything however, Donegal look even more impressive than they have done over the last couple of seasons, and are fully expected to comfortably make it into their fifth straight Ulster Final against Monaghan on July 19th.