Dungiven pair Kevin Farren and Kevin Johnston have been named in tonight’s Derry starting line up for the McKenna Cup clash with Antrim.
The team is as follows: Kevin Farren (Dungiven); Ryan Ferris (Magherafelt), Dermot McBride (Ballinascreen), Carlus McWilliams (Ballinascreen); Charlie Kielt (Kilrea), Mark Lynch (Banagher), Kevin Johnston (Dungiven); John McCamley (Glen), PJ McCloskey (Banagher); Barry McGoldrick (Eoghan Rua) (capt), Ryan Bell (Ballinderry), Enda Lynn (Greenlough); Coilin Devlin (Ballinderry), Lee Kennedy (Kilrea), James Kielt (Kilrea)
Substitutes: Eoin McNicholl (Glenullin), Gerard O’Kane (Glenullin), Ciaran Mullan (Eoghan Rua), Philip Bradley (Ballinascreen), Sean Leo McGoldrick (Eoghan Rua), Conor McAtamney (Swatragh), Patsy Bradley (Slaughtneil), Bliain Gormley (Craigbane), Raymond Wilkinson (Ballinderry), Daniel Heavron (Magherafelt), Ciaran McFaul (Glen).
Brian McIver commented: “To qualify for the McKenna Cup semi-finals at this stage would be a bonus. However, that is not our focus ahead of this game. Our focus is to produce another big performance and build on the games to date. Antrim will be a tough test, but a good challenge and another welcome chance for us to assess our squad”
“We’re bringing in two more lads for their debuts. Dungiven’s Kevin Farren and Kevin Johnston, both still U21, will feature in a squad which is a mixture of youth and experience. Barry McGoldrick has recovered from the knock he picked up the first day out and will captain the team. Patsy Bradley has done likewise and is available to us again. On the flip side, Eoin Bradley has a sprained ankle. We took him off at half time in the UUJ game and he won’t be fit to take part in the Antrim game.”
“Emmett Bradley has undergone a scan and will see a consultant in the coming weeks to assess the damage to his groin. We’ll put together a recovery programme and timetable for return after we receive medical advice”