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It's a family affair for the McGoldricks

By John Campbell

When it comes to setting records, the McGoldrick family from Coleraine take some beating.

Having been handed his Derry senior football debut against Fermanagh in the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup last Sunday, Liam McGoldrick became the seventh member of his clan to represent the county at senior level.

His four brothers - Sean Leo, Barry, Ciaran and Colm - have already appeared in the Oak Leaf colours while his sisters Grainne and Méabh have been very much to the fore at senior level in camogie for the county.

It's a proud family track record but Liam is hoping to make his own contribution to what is a remarkable GAA dynasty by pursuing a successful career in Brian McIver's side.

He will line out against Queen's in the McKenna Cup at Owenbeg tomorrow where victory would afford Derry an outside chance of reaching the semi-finals.

After their fine win over Donegal in their opening game, Derry surprisingly slipped up against Fermanagh last weekend.

Now they hope to make up lost ground against James McCartan's Queen's outfit who go into the match with a rather poor scoring record.

McGoldrick will be just one of many players on whom McIver will focus in what is largely an experimental team as he fixes his sights on Derry's Allianz League opener against Donegal on January 31.

Derry PRO Dermot McPeake stresses that while the postponement of the match against Queen's on Wednesday was a disappointment, the team is focused on striving to gain a semi-final place.

"When you think of a player like Liam McGoldrick and what his family have given to Derry you realise the level of effort and sacrifice that people are prepared to make," states McPeake.

"I know there is talk about pressures on players yet there are many who go about their business quietly and efficiently and are very proud to represent their counties.

"We look forward to hosting Queen's. It would be a bonus to reach the semi-finals but the important thing is that we are as ready as we can be for the league."

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