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We need to up our game, warns Campbell

 

Tough task: Paddy Campbell
Tough task: Paddy Campbell
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By John Campbell

Derry minor football team manager Paddy Campbell believes that his current crop of players include a number who can, in time, go on to represent the county at senior level.

The Oak Leaf side will meet Cavan in the second round of the Ulster Minor Championship at Owenbeg tonight (6pm) and Campbell reckons this will be an even bigger test than that which they encountered against Armagh at the first hurdle.

"I said before that Armagh game that a kick of the ball or a lucky break might decide it and that's how it turned out. We know we need to step up on our effort when you consider the way Cavan put Fermanagh away in their first game," points out Donegal native Campbell.

Derry's hard-earned 1-5 to 0-4 win over Armagh has convinced Campbell that his side face a difficult road if they hope to dominate in the Championship and tonight he will look to Matthew Downey and his cousins Enda and Callum Downey, along with PJ McAleese, to fire up his side.

Title-holders Monaghan will take on Tyrone at Carrickmore tonight (6pm) knowing they must step up on their recent performance against Antrim.

Liam McDonald, Shane Hanratty and Jason Irwin can add punch to the Farney attack, while Tyrone boss Collie Holmes feels that Michael McGleenan, Daniel Thornton and skipper Niall Devlin can galvanise his side.

Armagh will make the journey to Ballybofey to meet Donegal (6pm) having taken heart from their win over Antrim last weekend. Caolan Reavey, Mark McKeever and Oisin King form a very capable full-forward line for the Orchard county but Donegal may be able to make home advantage count.

Fermanagh and Down meet in the remaining tie at Enniskillen (6pm) where the home side will seek to improve on their performance against Cavan, while their visitors will be bidding for redemption after falling to Monaghan.

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