Derry are braced for physical test
When Derry lost to Kerry in last year's All-Ireland minor football championship semi-final, manager Damien McErlain suggested that the Kingdom's greater physical power proved a salient factor in their victory.
Tomorrow Derry will oppose Armagh in the first of the Ulster semi-finals conscious that they are once again facing a side that parades bulk and brain.
"While we were delighted to get over Tyrone in our semi-final we know that Armagh will be very tough opponents," said McErlain. Armagh manager Paul McGrane believes that the Oak Leaf side will represent a significant challenge.
Meanwhile, the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals will be staged at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh, tomorrow but the turnstile attendants are unlikely to be overworked.
The mood music from the Down and Derry camps in particular would suggest that their games against Armagh and Antrim are more of an irritant than anything else. Antrim have their sights set on the title as well as the Christy Ring Cup.