When players from two Derry winning championship teams tog out for a match this weekend it’ll be the first time many of them have kicked a ball in years, but it doesn’t really matter.
The scoreline will be immaterial because, as the legendary Derry corner back Kieran McKeever says, ‘it’s just a bit of craic’.
Lining out will be players from the 1987 team that won the junior championship and the Derry senior team that won the 1997 Ulster Championship. Among them 1993 players including Joe Brolly , Enda Gormley, Fergal P. McCusker, the Downey brothers and the McGurks, and Anthony Tohill for support.Other players include Kieran Kelly (Warty), Sean Kealey and Marty McElhinney (Bap).
Kieran says with everything Joe has been through since his kidney donation to Shane Finnegan, and the formalities of the ‘Opt for Life’ campaign, the match is just “a crowd of boys gathering for a bit of craic”, adding: “I’ve had boys come and say ‘we’d love to play but I’ve only played a wee bit or ‘I’m not fit!’,” says Kieran. Opt for Life patron, 19-year-old Ryan O’Connor will also be at the game, lending support. Kieran revealed St Canice’s GAC has included the ‘Opt for Life’ logo on training jerseys and will erect permanent hoarding at the grounds showing their support for the campaign.