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Canavan out to follow in dad's footsteps and do Tyrone proud


By John Campbell

Last Sunday, Ruairi Brolly, son of Derry legend Joe, helped to salvage a dramatic win for Antrim over Donegal in the Ulster Minor Football Championship.

Tomorrow, it could be the turn of the son of another Ulster icon to steal the limelight when Darragh Canavan - son of Peter - lines out for Tyrone against Derry in the same competition.

And the skilful corner-forward certainly has an extra incentive to bring his considerable range of skills into play.

Last month he was in the St Ciaran's College, Ballygawley team that lost out to Ballinrobe Community School (Mayo) in the Paddy Drummond Cup final at Croke Park, and now he has Ulster honours very much in his sights.

Tyrone reached last year's Ulster decider, which they lost to Donegal, but joint managers Iggy Gallagher and Paul Devlin believe that their side will take encouragement from their triumph in the recent Ulster Minor League in which they beat Derry in the final.

Canavan, along with Daniel Millar, Conall Grimes, Brian McNulty and Jude Campbell, will be a key cog in their machinery tomorrow.

Derry manager Damian McErlain, meanwhile, is keen to see his Oak Leaf side realise their full potential.

"We won the corresponding match last year but this does not mean anything," insisted McErlain.

"It's up to us to hit the ground running in the game. That's the big challenge.

"Tyrone beat us in the league final, and will obviously feel they can win again, but we will be ready for them on this occasion, I feel."

Tyrone: L Quinn; C Breen, A Fox, P Mullin; D McGuigan, C Grimes, C Devlin; B McNulty, R Gormley; M McGuigan, P Og McCartan, D Millar; J Campbell, P t Cunningham, D Canavan.

Derry: O Hartin; C McCluskey, O McGill, S McKeever; C McShane, P McGrogan, S McErlain; O McWilliams, D Rafferty; P Quigg, D Cassidy, J P Devlin; R Mullan, A Doherty, C Murphy.

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