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Eoin Bradley back to lead Derry's attack

By Declan Bogue

Eoin Bradley has made a dramatic recovery from a shoulder injury to take his place at the tip of the Derry attack in their round two qualifier against Down this Saturday.

Only a few weeks back, Bradley broken his clavicle while playing for his club Glenullin, and at the time his season looked to be over.

He now takes McFaul's starting slot, but there is no place for Bradley's cousin, former Derry captain Ger O'Kane, as he continues to struggle with an old injury.

Derry manager Brian McIver revealed that both Ryan Scott and Benny Heron are back in training, but they would be given a late opportunity to prove their fitness ahead of the Celtic Park clash.

Down boss James McCartan has named the same starting fifteen that began against Donegal in the Ulster semi-final. He has released a panel of 23, and it does not include Danny Hughes. However, he is expected to feature for Down at some stage on Saturday, having played the full hour in a recent league game for Saval against Rostrevor, scoring 1-4.

Mickey Harte has made one change to the Tyrone side that comprehensively defeated Offaly; Joe McMahon coming in at full-back for Danny McBride.


Down [football v Derry]: B McVeigh; D McCartan, B McArdle, K Quinn; D Rooney, P Turley, R Boyle; K King, K McKernan; A Rogers, M Poland [Capt], N Madine; C Laverty, B Coulter, D O'Hare

Derry [football v Down]: E McNicholl; D Browne, C McKaigue, D McBride; C Kielt, M Lynch [Capt], SL McGoldrick; P Bradley, PJ McCloskey; C McAtamney, J Kielt, E Lynn; R Bell, E Bradley, L Kennedy

Derry [hurling v Down]: D McDermott; D McCloskey, P Kelly, J McCloskey; R McCloskey, L Óg Hinphey, M O'Hagan; O McCloskey, K Hinphey [Capt]; B Rodgers, A Grant, P Henry; P Cleary, B Quigley, A Kelly

Tyrone [v Roscommon]: P McConnell; R McKenna, Joe McMahon, C McCarron, C Gormley, P Harte, C Clarke, S Cavanagh, C Cavanagh; Matthew Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, C McGinley; C McAliskey, M Penrose, D McCurry


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