DURING THE week I read an article in which Derry manager, John Brennan, said that the county side suffered from a lack of confidence in semi-finals.
I suspect this was a message Brennan was giving his players in an effort to “put it up to them” and he certainly gained the required response.
This was a superb team display which included some great individual performances and, in the end, Armagh were chasing shadows and were well defeated.
Derry were on fire right from the throw-in and the open, attacking style adopted by both teams suited the Oak Leaf players perfectly.
Scores came from all angles and distances and I really felt we were watching a new Derry moulded by Brennan.
When Armagh scored a goal in the first minute of the second half there were many who thought “game on,” but that’s not how it turned out.
There’s not only great skill, but also great belief and a bit of steel as well and they responded in style.
This was a decent game of football and if allowed this type of space the likes of Eoin Bradley and Mark Lynch are practically unplayable.
Enda Muldoon was excellent and provided quality ball throughout the game but, in truth, Derry were on a roll and everyone rose to the occasion.
That said, one swallow dosen’t make a summer and one semi-final victory doesn’t make Derry a great or even a good team but if this type of performance can be repeated there isn’t a team in the entire country who will fancy playing against them.
When Brennan got the job I asked him to restore pride in the jersey and he’s done that and more.
I don’t want to get carried away but he clearly has the makings of a team which could cause major problems when performing like that.
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