Derry fly flag in clash with Lancashire ladies
Derry will carry the flag for Ulster in the All-Ireland Ladies' Junior Football Championship when they take on Lancashire at St Brendan's, Manchester, today (5pm).
The Lancashire side is spliced with players from Ulster who are domiciled in the north of England so the Oak Leaf girls expect a tough test, particularly as they have been kicking their heels of late.
Their last league game was against Louth at the end of March and it is perhaps ironic that they could be meeting Louth again if they happen to win today.
Derry boss Charlie O'Kane has prepared diligently for today's encounter and is keen to see his team adopt a positive approach to a game that could be a stepping stone to glory.
Bridgeen Cassidy, Ashlene Groogan, Nuala O'Hagan and Ciara Moore are among the players who can provide experience and power within the side and joint captain Moore is hoping that the team can make an early impact.
"We have a lot of new talent in our side and this will be a big challenge for us all. Obviously Manchester are something of an unknown quantity but when you take it that they will have a lot of players with Ulster roots they will obviously come to the table well-armed," says Moore.
Two All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football quarter-finals will be played at Limerick today when Kerry take on Mayo while Cork will face Galway. Mayo and Galway are expected to come out on top thus setting up what would be an all-Connacht final.