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Derry manager Cassidy rues missed opportunities

By John Campbell

It's not often that Derry duo Paddy Bradley and Raymond Wilkinson are both held scoreless from play during a match.

And it’s rarer still that the Oak Leaf attack contrives to shoot eleven wides even before the half-way stage has been reached.

But this is exactly what happened when Damian Cassidy’s side went under to Kerry in Division One of the National League last weekend and now the manager is urging a much greater degree of accuracy when Mayo, with two wins from three outings so far, visit Celtic Park tomorrow night.

“We cannot afford to be as wasteful for a second week,” says Cassidy.

“Misses such as we had in Tralee can prove costly in the long run and it’s also frustrating when good build-up play doesn’t produce an end product.”

Derry scored just 1-4 from play against the Kingdom with 1-1 of that coming from the on-fire Eoin Bradley who appeared to be on the receiving end of some subtle physical contact from his marker Tom O’Sullivan, which only appeared to add to the former’s sense of frustration as the match progressed.

Derry, league champions two years ago, have Kevin McCloy back at full-back and with Sean Leo McGoldrick and James Kielt having made cameo appearances against Kerry, they can expect to enjoy rather more game time against John O’Mahoney’s side who were rather unfortunate to succumb to Dublin last weekend having previously disposed of Galway and Tyrone.

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