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Cassidy to cast eye over Orchard side

Derry manager Damian Cassidy plans to put Armagh under the microscope when they confront Down in Sunday’s NFL Division Two final.

With his side due to meet Paddy O’Rourke’s men at Celtic Park in the Ulster Championship preliminary round tie on May 16, Cassidy will avail of the opportunity to assess the Orchard County although their strengths are not quite his chief concern right now.

Instead, Cassidy is focused on attaining what he feels would be a significant personal goal — having a full panel from which to pick from for the Championship opener.

“I cannot remember having had this luxury since I took over as manager a couple of years ago,” reflects Cassidy. “We have had an ongoing injury list and I am certainly hoping that we will have more resources for the Ulster Championship than we had last year. When we played Tyrone in the semi-final we were missing upwards on nine key players.”

Enda Muldoon, the Bradley brothers Paddy and Eoin, Declan Mullan and Kevin McGuckin are all currently fighting to be fit for Derry’s Championship opener.

The Oak Leafers are in need of a boost after relegation to Division Two of the National League.

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