SUNDAY 11 JULY
Ulster SFC quarter-final
Donegal v Derry, MacCumhaill Park, 4pm
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Derry feeling good again as Donegal test looms
Boxes ticked so far for Derry in terms of getting promotion to Division 2 and getting a run-out at Croke Park in the third-tier final. Manager Rory Gallagher is bullish about where he thinks his side can go. His players have definitely put in a shift so far.
Gareth McKinless, Conor Glass, Niall O'Loughlin and Shane McGuigan provided a strong backbone on which spring/early summer success came about.
"I think we have the ability to be one of the top teams in the country so Division 3 was a false reading," Gallagher recently told an expectant media.
"I would not have been happy if we had not been able to get out of it and get out of it quite comfortably as well," he told the media ahead of this campaign.
"If you are asking me do I think we can be Ulster champions with the team that we have, (we can), but we have to start proving it."
Defensively, Derry were so disciplined against Offaly in the Division 3 final. Donegal, of course, will be a much more difficult unit to contain in terms of their width and angles of running. Some observers have Derry as third in the Ulster pecking order behind Donegal and Tyrone. Armagh and Monaghan may disagree, but there's no doubt that the Oakleafers are in the best place they've been since 2015 when they last won a match in Ulster.
Michael Murphy watches on as Jamie Brennan scores a controversial goal for Donegal. They lead Down by 10 points at the break.— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) June 27, 2021
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Donegal's performance in blowing away Down may have tempered expectations somewhat that a surprise is on the cards. Michael Murphy came off early, but Declan Bonner ensures us he will feature in Ballybofey.
The Glenswilly man is still key to Donegal's plan, as is Paddy McBrearty, but then throw in Michael Langan, Niall O'Donnell and Peader Mogan and the mix in attack is quite formidable.
After falling to Cavan at the final hurdle last year, Donegal will want to atone. Winning Ulster will not be easy, though, but it is ideal prep for them to showcase what they are about if they do get to Croker on 15 August for an All-Ireland semi.
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