Live Blog: Follow Derry’s All Ireland quarter-final clash with Clare in Croke Park

Ulster champions Derry produced a dominant display against Clare to book their place in their first All Ireland SFC semi-finals in 18 years.

A large contingent of Oak Leaf supporters made their way to headquarters with great expectations for what was expected to be a pulsating meeting with the Banner County and they were not disappointed.

Rory Gallagher's men have shown tremendous form over the past 18 months and having secured a first Ulster crown since 1998 when defeating Donegal at Clones. They did it the hard way by first dispatching of reigning All Ireland champions Tyrone and then out-punching Monaghan on their way to lifting the Anglo Celt.

Belief that they could somehow go all the way and lift the Sam Maguire this year has been steadily growing with those performances and this display will have enhanced their reputation.

Croke Park was a sea of red and white as Derry romped to victory against Clare.

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With thousands of supporters decked in red and white descending on Croker this afternoon, Derry's revival has certainly captured the imagination.

It was a memorable day for Derry in the capital but it didn't start in the best manner with the minors coming up just short in their All Ireland semi-final against Galway at Parnell Park.

Follow all the action with the Journal's live blog as our man in Croker Michael Wilson keeps you updated as the events unfold. We'll have photos, reports, reaction and much more in what was a memorable day for the Oak Leaf county.

If you're in Croke Park or Parnell Park today, send us your photographs to appear in our blog. Send to [email protected] or [email protected]

Live blog: Follow Derry’s All Ireland quarter-final clash with Clare in Croke Park

Last updated: Saturday, 25 June, 2022, 19:27

Key Events

  • All Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final: Derry v Clare (Saturday, Croke Park, 3.45pm)
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It turned out a lot easier than we ever would’ve thought

Rory Gallagher

Seagulls invade Croke Park.

Derry fan Chris McCann enjoying the game at Croke Park

Man of the match has his say

Ominous words from the Oak Leaf boss

We were clinical to an extent but there is room for improvement. The level of quality of the opposition is going to go up now with either Armagh or Galway. We know that but we’ll get ready for it.

Rory Gallagher

“Devastating Brilliance” - Just about sums it up

We showed an awful lot of quality but left a lot of handy scores behind us. Easy points and a couple of goal chances. But there was lots of devasating brilliance and I was happy with that.

Rory Gallagher

Worth watching again!

No matter who you’re facing at this stage of the competition it’s going to be a tough one. We’ll be worrying about them as much as they’ll be worrying about us.

Shane McGuigan

A lot of people were saying Croke Park wouldn’t suit our style but I think we’ve proven a lot of people wrong today

Shane McGuigan
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