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Derry need to defeat London to keep their Christy Ring Cup hopes alive

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Cormac O’Doherty. Credit: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Cormac O’Doherty. Credit: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

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Cormac O’Doherty. Credit: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Derry face a must-win game against London at Owenbeg tomorrow (12.00) if they are to remain in contention for the Christy Ring Hurling Cup.

The Oak Leaf side saw their spirited run in the competition halted by Kildare in their last outing and are now determined to make up lost ground against a London side which has been inconsistent to date.

Derry will look to Cormac O’Doherty, Odhran McKeever, Richie Mullan, Gerald Bradley and Deglan Foley for inspiration while London will lean on Ronan Crowley and Jack Goulding to drive them on.

Tyrone meanwhile, are certainly making waves in the Nickey Rackard Cup having beaten Armagh, Fermanagh and Warwickshire.

But today they face a daunting test against a Roscommon side who have designs on the trophy. Roscommon have been totting up some impressive scores and the Red Hands defence can expect to undergo a stiff examination this afternoon.

Tyrone, though, have also shown that they boast plenty of ammunition and Damian Casey, C J McGourty and Rory Weir are once again poised to fulfil leading roles in pointing the way to victory.

Armagh appear to have fallen from grace in the Nickey Rackard Cup  having succumbed to Roscommon, Donegal and Tyrone in quick succession. They face rejuvenated Fermanagh today but may find that Luca McCusker, Tom Keenan and Ryan Bogue carry a big threat in the Erne attack.

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In the Lory Meagher Cup, Monaghan will host Longford at Inniskeen today (2.00) while Louth will meet Cavan at Darver (3.00).

Tomorrow will see the staging of the second semi-final in the Ulster Ladies Senior Football Championship when Donegal take on Cavan at Clones (1.45). The match will be the curtain-raiser to the Ulster football semi-final between the same two counties.

Donegal have their sights on what would be a fifth Ulster final place in six years and they have the fire-power to achieve this with Geraldine McLaughlin, Amy Boyle Carr, Karen Guthrie and Yvonne Bonner in fine form.

 In the Ulster Intermediate Camogie final tomorrow Armagh will meet Antrim’s reserve string at Edendork (1.00). Armagh can take their impetus from the Donnelly sisters Ciara and Leanne while Antrim can take a  lead from Caoimhe McNaughton, Katie Laverty and Fionnuala Kelly.


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