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Derry aiming to do the double over Mournemen

By John Campbell

Four successive Derry minor championship titles which have been complemented by four Ulster club crowns on the bounce by Watty Grahams, Glen would suggest that the Oak Leaf county should reign supreme in the province.

But that is far from being the case. Derry have to go back to 2002 for their last provincial crown and to 2007 for their last All-Ireland final appearance.

And that's why Damian McErlain's side, who lost in the Ulster Minor League final to Donegal, will carry considerable hunger into tomorrow's first round Ulster Championship tie against Down at Celtic Park.

Down boss Shane Mulholland, who formerly played for the county at senior level, has watched his side take shape slowly but feels they can realise their full potential in Ulster.

Meanwhile, Derry and Down meet in another code tomorrow when the Ulster Senior Camogie Championship final is staged at Swatragh.

Derry go in as favourites after an impressive semi-final performance against Antrim while Down's preparations have not gone as smoothly because of the unavailability of certain players.

However, manager Marty Mallon will ensure his Mourne side is well motivated and the fact that there are a number of experienced players in the side suggests that the team will compete vigorously.

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