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Derry urged to step up

By John Campbell

Derry hurling manager Ger Rogan is urging his side to take their performance to the next level when they meet Kerry in the Christy Ring Cup on Saturday.

The Oak Leaf side overcame bogey team Wicklow by the narrowest of margins at Owenbeg last weekend but now face the long trek to the kingdom as they pursue their quest for silverware.

"Kerry will be a different proposition to Wicklow. They carry plenty of experience, possess a couple of strong finishers and can defend well so we will have our hands full," asserts Rogan.

Armagh will have home advantage against Down at the Athletic Grounds where Gerard Monan's side emerged as winners in the recent league game between the counties.

But Armagh boss David Kennedy suggests that the spirit which his side showed in going under to Meath on Saturday last could stand to them this time around.

"I thought the team fought hard and showed a fair bit of skill and resolve," says Kennedy.

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