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Derry manager McIver insists Oak Leaf pride on the line

By John Campbell

Derry manager Brian McIver and his players still retain a vivid recollection of the anguish and embarrassment they suffered this time last year when lowly Longford proved superior in the All-Ireland football qualifiers.

It's that setback as much as anything else that has proven a motivational tool in the build-up to today's confrontation with Wexford at Owenbeg, where Oak Leaf pride will be on the line.

His team's feisty, courageous display against Donegal in the Ulster semi-final last month convinces McIver that they can bring more to the table today.

"I thought the Donegal game slipped away from us at the end and that was disappointing but we are aware that Wexford will come with their tails up and their morale high," stated McIver.

Derry skipper Mark Lynch, midfield duo Niall Holly and Fergal Doherty and the McGoldrick clan can provide the inspiration.

Derry (v Wexford): T Mallon; O Duffy C McKaigue, D McBride; L McGoldrick, B Rogers, SL McGoldrick; F Doherty, N Holly; B Heron, M Lynch, E Lynn; D Heavron, E Bradley, C O'Boyle.

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