O’Boyle targets regular starting spot

Derry's Cailean O'Boyle moves to shake off Cavan's Damien O'Reilly. (1001PG42)

Derry's Cailean O'Boyle moves to shake off Cavan's Damien O'Reilly. (1001PG42)

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DERRY full-forward Cailean O’Boyle is hoping his McKenna Cup performances can earn him a place in John Brennan’s starting 15 for the Allianz National League.

Michael Wilson reports

The Lavey man helped himself to five frees in Sunday’s opening day victory over Cavan in Celtic Park but admitted after the game he should have found the net early in the first half.

Receiving a pass from Emmett McGuckin only yards from the Cavan goal, O’Boyle seemed to take too long to get his shot away which allowed Fintan Reilly to block before Enda Lynn followed up with a point. However the attacker recovered to give an assured display in the half-forwards and is hoping to see more action this weekend against UUJ.

“The frees were good enough frees but there is always room for improvement and it is early days yet,” admitted O’Boyle.

“I could have had a goal but it was right on top of me and I didn’t know whether to swing my right or left, so the Cavan player got to me but hopefully I made up for it.

“I was brought in as a fringe player under Damien Cassidy but I played a few games last year and this year I really want to go at it, I have nothing to lose.

“It will be good to play against a few boys I know from the University and yes, it would be nice to try and nail down a first 15 place though you never know with John. He wants to give everyone a chance but if I’m there I will be doing my best,” he added.