Hurlers travel to Tralee in Christy Ring Cup

Wicklow's Shane Byrne comes under pressure from Derry's Ruairi McCloskey at Owenbeg. (0705PG15)

Wicklow's Shane Byrne comes under pressure from Derry's Ruairi McCloskey at Owenbeg. (0705PG15)

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GER Rogan will have be looking for a much improved performance as his team travels to Austin Stack Park, Tralee for tomorrow’s Christy Ring Cup, Round 2A clash with Kerry (throw-in 1pm).

Michael Wilson reports

The Derry manager was not impressed by his side’s overall display in last weekend’s one point victory over Wicklow at Owenbeg and knows they will have to step it up against a team which defeated the Oak Leafers 1-13 to 1-12 in a meaningless league game at the end of March.

Too often last week, Derry allowed themselves to be dragged into a physical battle and Rogan is keen that his young Oak Leaf team concentrate on their own strengths.

“We have been defeated by Wicklow over the past two years with a stronger team than we had last week,” explained the Derry manager, “People don’t realise but we have an average age of about 22 years of age. That’s a seriously young outfit and it showed in the way we let that game go because we lost our composure in the last 10 minutes. We were five or six points up and should have drove on but that’s when the more experienced hurlers would drive the younger players on. We were delighted to win but the pressure is on now to go and win again.”

While there were certain elements of the team work that Rogan will have been working on in training this week with his back room team, a number of individual performances were top drawer against Wicklow including Michael Warnock, Paddy Kelly, Shane Farren and Na Magha’s Alan Grant.

If Derry can manage to improve their performance as a unit, it gives them every chance in Tralee.