City of Derry return to action at Eaton Park

CITY OF Derry Head Coach, Bevan Lynch will be anxious for his promotion chasing troops to get another game under their belts when they turn their attention to the Ulster Senior League and Ballymena tomorrow.

The Judges Road men have been out of action since their gutsy victory over Neenagh in Tipperary two weeks ago which kept their All-Ireland Division Three promotion hopes alive.

And while they would rather follow up that last gasp win with another All-Ireland League fixture in an attempt to keep the momentum going, Lynch is thankful his side can return to action tomorrow at Eaton Park.

With crucial games on the horizon which will determine whether or not Derry will be playing in All-Ireland Division Two next season, Lynch will be hoping for consistency and a winning mentality during the final three games.

“Neenagh were definitely one of the better teams we have played this year so we are pleased with how we did,” said Lynch. “But we’ll be glad to get back to playing rugby again on Saturday and we’ll be looking for a good performance that we can build on for the Instonians game, so we’ll put a big effort into the game.

It’ll certainly be good to get a game under our belts.”

Derry go into this defining period in their season without the services of the influential Bob McKillop and while Lynch admits his absence is a major concern, he is confident his squad has the strength and depth to cope.

“With the exception of Bob McKillop we will have a full squad available so we are in a strong position. You can’t underestimate Bob’s influence and we would like to be going into battle with his physical presence. But his absence gives some of our younger players like Phil Brady and Chris Cooper a chance to come in.

The team will consist of the players we are considering for the last three games but the rolling subs system in the Ulster Senior League allow us to give people a last bite at the cherry before the All Ireland League run-in.”

CoD Ladies in Plate Final

Meanwhile City of Derry Ladies will contest the All Ireland Women’s Plate Final against St Mary’s RFC at Wanderers Rugby Club, Dublin tomorrow. (Kick-off 12 noon).

The Judges Road ladies booked their place in the final following a 15-12 victory over First Division side Old Belvedere at Judges Road last Sunday.