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Lynn is urging the Oak Leafers to keep showing fighting spirit

Derry captain Enda Lynn is hoping his side can replicate the spirit they showed in beating Kildare last week when they meet Down in a vital Allianz Football League Division Two clash at Owenbeg tomorrow.

There may have been an element of controversy surrounding the late, late Emmet McGuckin goal that took Derry over the line but Lynn believes that the team's spirit and resilience ultimately earned an invaluable brace of points.

"We will need a similar effort if we are to get anything from this game as Down will have taken heart from their win over Meath," said Lynn.

Danny Tallon, Michael McEvoy, Peter Hagan, Oisin Duffin and Ronan Murphy represent the new kids on the block in the Oak Leaf side and tomorrow they will confront a Down side that will look to Kevin McKernan, Conaill McGovern, Peter Turley and skipper Darren O'Hagan to provide inspiration.

Armagh, meanwhile, have Anto Duffy back in their attack for the home tie against Offaly in Division Three with Stephen Sheridan and Aaron Findon at midfield, while veteran Brendan Donaghy will help anchor the defence.

Antrim face a difficult task against unbeaten Louth in the same division but joint bosses Frank Fitzsimons and Gearoid Adams believe that their team's win over Sligo last weekend can now provide the platform for a similar helping of commitment and passion at the Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda.

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