Oak Leafers hoping Henry can repeat his Cup heroics
Christy Ring Cup
Paddy Henry found himself cast in the role of hero when his late point in the semi-final win over Down saw Derry book their place in today's Christy Ring Cup final against favourites Kerry at Croke Park (5.30pm).
But the adulation that Henry enjoyed on that occasion will be nothing compared to the acclaim he will be showered with should his scoring touch be pronounced in this clash with the Lily Whites.
Yet Derry will encounter difficulty in settling into their scoring rhythm on this occasion.
They will be facing a Kerry side that humiliated current Ring Cup holders Kildare by 6-27 to 0-9 in last weekend's semi-final with Mikey Boyle landing 4-1 and Shane Nolan registering 1-7.
Not surprisingly, these are the two danger men that the Derry defence must subdue today and this means that Conor McSorley and Conor Quinn in particular will shoulder the bulk of the responsibility for spearheading the Oak Leaf side's resistance.
Derry boss Tom McLean, though, can take heart from the recent form of players such as Ruairi Convery, Alan Grant and Brendan Quigley.
Paul Cleary and Aaron Kelly, too, are showing the kind of skills and composure that could trouble the Kingdom while the overall team spirit indicates that Derry are poised for a battle royal.
Kerry are undoubtedly within touching distance of hurling's top tier but Derry are unfazed by their reputation.
If Henry is on song, there is a chance that McLean's boys could upset the formbook and bring what would be a significant trophy back to Ulster.