Its Ulster Minor Football throw in at 12:15pm on Sunday as Derry play Donegal in what should be a thrilling encounter, we have live GAA score updates and team news.
This game acts as the curtain raiser for the senior match between Derry and Donegal.
Donegal are the form team in Ulster at the minute. They had an impressive Ulster Minor League campaign defeating Tyrone 1-15 to 2-07. They didnt lose in the Ulster league also so it shows they are well capable of winning and Ulster title. Donegal are managed by Declan Bonner an All Ireland Senior winner with Donegal in 1992.
Lorcan Connor, Jamie Brennan and Eoin Gallagher are all key players for the Tir Chonaill men. In fact, Donegal havent won a minor Ulster title since 2006, when the senior captain Michael Murphy was a prominent figure.
Derry, like Donegal have also seen Ulster titles dry up with the last one coming back in 2002. A statistic which was researched shows Derry won 14 Ulster Titles between 1965-2002. Therefore, 12 years without a title would be considered a drought in Derry.
Derry suffered 4 defeats from 4 games in the Ulster league losing to Tyrone, Antrim, Fermanagh, and Donegal. This evidence shows that Derry will need to progress in order to stop the rot of not winning an Ulster title.
However, in defence of the Derry players and management they were missing there St Pats Maghera contingent. That team went all the way to the All Ireland Final. Richie Ferris will need these players to prove there worth and perform to the best of there ability to overcome a Donegal side striving in confidence.
Derry boss Richard Ferris told the Hoganstand.
“Donegal are most peoples’ favourites for Ulster. They won the minor league convincingly and have been the top team at U16 level for the last two years. We know it’s going to be a very tough challenge on Sunday,” he told the Derry Post.
“Preparations have been far from ideal. We struggled to compete in the minor league due to having so many players unavailable due to schools football. It’s also been a long, hard season for many of those lads with tiredness and injury taking their toll.”
Donegal – TBC
Derry – TBC