Derrynoose take on Donegal champs

Derrynoose take on Donegal champions Letterkenny Gaels in the opening round of the Ulster Championship.

Paul Doyle’s side ended a 37-year wait for a Championship title when they defeated Lissummon almost a month agio.

The Armagh representatives will now embark on new ground as they compete in the Ulster Junior Championship.

Derrynoose had been knocking on the Junior Championship door for a number of years and suffered plenty of heartache along the way.

But they finally got their hands on the Sean Quinn Cup this season, seeing off Newtown, Dorsey, Middletown and Lissummon along the way.

Letterkenny Gaels are their opponents on Sunday as the sides clash in Crossmaglen for a chance to reach the last four.

The Donegal champions finally got over the finishing line after competing in their third final in four years.

A Donegal team have reached the last four Ulster Junior Championship finals, with Downings and Buncrana losing the last two.

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But that shows the level of competitiveness and quality that comes out of the Tir Chonaill county every year.

Derrynoose certainly won’t be looking that far ahead, but know they have enough quality to cause anyone trouble.

Stephen McKinley enjoyed an excellent campaign between the sticks, keeping four clean sheets throughout the championship.

Paddy Quinn and Paddy Kelly led the last line of the defence while Pauric McNaughton and Mark Lennon are great ball carries from the half back line.

Lennon is one of a number of youngsters that have really added to Derrynoose this year. Along with half forwards Jack Fox and Dylan Mone.

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David McCreesh was the Man of the Match the last day out, kicking five points. McCreesh has been Derrynoose’s top scorer this season.

From the bench they can call upon Conor McNally and Stephen Keenan, who both netted against Middletown and Lissummon.

Derrynoose will be looking forward to the new challenge and will hope to keep their season going for another while.