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Derry manager Mickey Donnelly has strong views on the current log-jam of fixtures that sees MacRory Cup games and U20 ties competing for players and like other managers he finds himself stripped of a ration of talent

Derry manager Mickey Donnelly has strong views on the current log-jam of fixtures that sees MacRory Cup games and U20 ties competing for players and like other managers he finds himself stripped of a ration of talent

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Derry manager Mickey Donnelly has strong views on the current log-jam of fixtures that sees MacRory Cup games and U20 ties competing for players and like other managers he finds himself stripped of a ration of talent

The fixtures merry-go-round continues in full swing with the Ulster Under 20 football championship scheduled to be played over the next few weeks.

There has certainly been no let-up in activity since mid-December although the fact that next week's quarter-finals of the U20 series will be the only football show in town will allow the competing teams to enjoy their share of the media spotlight.

Today though Derry will host Fermanagh at Celtic Park (2.00pm) aware that the visitors' line-up includes several players who helped St Michael's College, Enniskillen win both the MacRory and Hogan Cups last year.

Among their leading lights are captain Brandan Horan and elusive forward Conor Love who could pose problems for the home side.

Derry manager Mickey Donnelly has strong views on the current log-jam of fixtures that sees MacRory Cup games and U20 ties competing for players and like other managers he finds himself stripped of a ration of talent.

"We have players who are maybe nearly 19 but still attending schools that are participating in the MacRory Cup and because of this they are not available at U20 level even though they are more than capable of participation in this sector," points out Tyrone man Donnelly.

While his team is likely to face a stern test today, there is still the chance that they could come out on top because of the depth of talent in their line-up.

The quarter-finals will be played next weekend with the winners of today's game meeting Antrim while Armagh will play Tyrone at the Athletic Grounds, Cavan will face Down at Kingspan Breffni and Donegal will take on Monaghan at Ballybofey. All games will be at 2.00pm.

Belfast Telegraph