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On fire: Cormac O’Doherty is in hot scoring form for Derry

On fire: Cormac O’Doherty is in hot scoring form for Derry

On fire: Cormac O’Doherty is in hot scoring form for Derry

Derry hurling manager John McEvoy believes his side face into their biggest test of the year to date when they face Kildare in Division 2B of the Allianz League tomorrow at Owenbeg (2pm).

With both sides having remained unbeaten to date, there is considerable speculation that the winners will become short-odds favourites for promotion, but McEvoy remains coy on this issue.

"There is a lot of hurling to be played yet before the league is completed, so we will just focus on this game. Kildare have shown that they are in fine form and we have it all to do," insists McEvoy.

However, with Cormac O'Doherty currently in spectacular scoring form and Brian Og McGilligan, Sean Cassidy and Alan Grant helping to underpin the team's overall work-rate, the capture of two more points is more than possible.

Down will be in action in Division 2B today when they meet Warwickshire at Ballycran (12.30pm) and, given the visitors' poor form to date, it is hard not to see Ronan Sheehan's side coming out on top. They may have lost to Derry, but Down still possess sufficient scoring power to get back on track.

Armagh face a daunting test against Longford in Division 3A tomorrow at Pearse Park (2pm), where manager Padraig O'Connor hopes to see more evidence of his mushrooming strength in depth.

Oisin Kiernan, Mark McClatchey and Fionntán Donnelly are among those making an impact alongside more experienced campaigners in their ranks such as Ciaran Clifford, Ryan Gaffney, Artie McGuinness and Nathan Curry.

Also in Division 3A, Louth will have home advantage against Donegal at Darver, while Monaghan will host Tyrone at Castleblayney.

In Division 3B, Fermanagh will square up to Sligo at Brewster Park, Enniskillen (2pm).

Belfast Telegraph