DERRY hurlers will be seeking to make it two wins from two this weekend when the travel to Newbridge to take on Kildare in the curtain raiser to the football meeting between the two counties (1.00pm).
After last week’s commanding victory over a fancied Armagh side, new manager Ger Rogan was ‘delighted’ with the attitude of his charges not just against the Orchard County but also in training.
With players like Liam Hinphey, who is recovering from surgery, Ruairi McCloskey, who is out for the foreseeable future with a shoulder injury, Stephen Henry, Sean McCullagh and Gareth O’Kane all unavailable, it was very much a new look side that took the field at Banagher.
With a much changed panel at his disposal they showed great commitment throughout as they matched Armagh score for score early on before cutting loose after Na Magha’s Alan Grant had broken the deadlock with a goal just before half time.
For their part, Kildare crashed 0-18 to 2-15 to Wicklow at Arklow. They led 0-11 to 0-10 at half time but conceded a goal just after the break, a second goal in the 54th minute turning the game to the Garden County. Conor Kenny 0-05m Mark Moloney 0-04 and Martin Fitzgerald 0-04 were the main scorers for the Lily Whites.
Over the years Kildare have always been a difficult side to beat but, if Derry can repeat the performance of the Armagh game, they have a chance of winning in Newbridge.