Oak Leafers are in good shape

Derry manager Brian McIver.

Derry manager Brian McIver.

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I know most GAA folk don’t get too excited by National League results but I’m not sure I totally agree with them.

Derry’s excellent displays since the season began surely have to mean something, particularly as they are mixing it with the ‘big boys’.

I also disagree with manager, Brian McIver, when he says there is little difference between Division One and Division Two football.

In the top division you are much more likely to be playing against teams like Dublin, Tyrone and Cork and players love the hype surrounding these types of clashes and respond accordingly.

The Oak Leaf boss has added a lot of pace and mobility to a side which seems ‘guaranteed’ to produce scores no matter who the opposition is and with a bit of tightening up defensively Derry have moved themselves into the top four sides in the country at this point in time.

The Dublin based sports media might not be paying too much attention to us and McIver is too long in the tooth to get carried away.

However, Derry County football is in a good place at the moment and long may that continue.

Before the advent of the current management set-up Derry had lost not only form but pride in the jersey, those values nowappear to have been restored.