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McErlain plays it cool as Derry target another Minor triumph


By John Campbell

Derry manager Damian McErlain has made it abundantly clear he has his guard up for tomorrow's Ulster minor football championship semi-final against Antrim.

His team may be favourites to land the provincial title, but having taken stock of Antrim's shock win over Donegal, McErlain is under no illusions about the task his players will now face at St Tiernach's Park in Clones (12.00).

"Antrim's win over Donegal will have given them extra belief and they will obviously relish facing us. We might have got over Tyrone but we can certainly take nothing for granted in terms of this game," said McErlain.

Derry have been a force at minor level in recent years but their manager insists this guarantees the side "absolutely nothing" in relation to today's encounter.

"To have beaten Donegal on their own patch was a big win for Antrim by any standards and they showed in that game they have some very good players," pointed out McErlain. "We know we are guaranteed absolutely nothing."

Liam Quinn, Tiarnan McAtee, Ronan Kelly, Joe Maybin and John McCaffrey are players who have come to the fore with Antrim, while Derry can look to skipper Padraig McGrogan, Declan Cassidy, Alex Doherty, Oisin McWilliams and Simon McErlain for inspiration.

In the second Ulster ladies football championship semi-final Monaghan and Cavan will cross swords at Galbally tonight (7.00).

Antrim and Derry will meet in what should be an exciting Ulster ladies junior football championship semi-final prior to tonight's senior 'semi' (5.00).

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