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McErlain won't get carried away

Derry and Cavan will go into their respective All-Ireland Minor Football Championship quarter-final ties today aware that a particularly big gun is lurking in the long grass monitoring their progress.

While Damian McErlain's Oak Leaf outfit will be expected to get the better of Sligo at MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey and Cavan may find the going tough against Galway at Carrick-on-Shannon, Dublin will be expected to glide past Clare when the sides meet on Monday at Portlaoise.

McErlain and his Cavan counterpart John Brady are looking no further ahead than today's clashes, conscious that Kerry are also still in the mix for title success and will face Louth at Portlaoise today (1.15pm).

The suggestion that his team might enjoy a straightforward passage this afternoon against beaten Connacht finalists Sligo does not sit comfortably with McErlain.

"I don't see it like that at all," he stated. "I believe that Sligo will be very much up for the game and will be keen to make up for their lapse against Galway in the Connacht final."

Brady is equally wary of Galway, who have tended to dominate in Connacht whereas 50 years have elapsed since Sligo last won the provincial title.

Meanwhile, Kerry will flex their considerable muscle against a Louth side that reached the Leinster decider only to fall to Dublin, who look particularly strong and have quality players in key positions.

Belfast Telegraph