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.
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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.
Live blog: Follow Derry’s All Ireland quarter-final clash with Clare in Croke Park
Last updated: Saturday, 25 June, 2022, 19:27
- All Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final: Derry v Clare (Saturday, Croke Park, 3.45pm)
It turned out a lot easier than we ever would’ve thought
All Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-final
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.
“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.
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.
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