McErlain expects nothing but the best in Derry's pursuit of glory
Derry minor football team manager Damian McErlain will tonight spell out to his players exactly what he expects from them when they confront Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 27.
His team may have the best part of three weeks to prepare for the contest but McErlain promises that "not a minute will be wasted" as his side gear up for their biggest challenge of the year to date.
McErlain, thorough and conscientious, has already digested Dublin's 2-11 to 0-10 victory over Clare in the last of the quarter-finals, staged at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise yesterday.
And he believes he has observed enough to convince him that only a top-drawer performance from his players will suffice if they are to reach the final against Kerry or Cavan.
"Dublin have been among the favourites for the title since the outset so we know what we are going in against," insisted McErlain.
"They have quality in their side, they will be playing in Croke Park and they will have huge support. This makes our task all the harder obviously but we have faith in our ability. The important thing is that we rise to the occasion. Not a minute will be wasted in our preparations."
Goals in each half from Ross McGarry and James Doran proved decisive for Dublin yesterday and these players could pose problems for Derry.