Derry out to beat the ‘Wee County’

Derry manager John Brennan. (1001PG38)
Derry manager John Brennan. (1001PG38)

Derry boss John Brennan will be hoping that his panel of players can build upon last weekend’s win over Meath in the NFL and secure another two points against Louth at Celtic Park later today. (Throw-in: 2.30pm)

“We hope to have the same panel that we had against Meath for the game against Louth,” said Brennan.

“Thankfully around the time of the three week break we got some our injured players back so we are in better condition than we have been in other weeks but we don’t want to complain about injuries. We have good enough players.

“We have a team that’s good enough and they have to be good enough to beat Louth.

“It’s vital we get the two points this weekend. Westmeath had an unexpected result last weekend and if they keep winning then our last match away in Mullingar is an almighty game but we can’t think about it. This weekend is the game that has to be won.”

Derry are currently in Division Two of the the NFL. It’s perhaps one of the tightest divisions this year and Brennan knows that no less than two points will do against the ‘Wee County’ today.

“Two points would leave us with a tally of six and that would be massive.

“We have to look after our own house and that means winning our last two games,” he said.

DERRY v Louth: Barry Gillis; Brian McCallion, Chrissy McKaigue, Aidan McAlynn; Charlie Kielt, Mark Craig, Sean Leo McGoldrick; Michael Friel, P J McCloskey, Patsy Bradley, Conleith Gilligan; Blaine Gormley; Cailean O’Boyle, Paddy Bradley, Enda Lynn. SUBS: Danny Devlin, Michael Drumm, Ryan Scott, Brian Doyle, Eugene Scullion, Ryan Dillon, Kevin O Neill, Joe Diver, Eoghan Brown, Neill Forrester, Carlus McWilliams.