Minors need win to secure semi-final spot

Donegal and Derry go head to head this Saturday in the Ulster Minor Football League in Convoy with both in search of the win that would see them move a step closer to a place in the last four.

Donegal and Derry go head to head this Saturday in the Ulster Minor Football League in Convoy with both in search of the win that would see them move a step closer to a place in the last four.

The game was originally fixed for Ballybofey, but when the weather took a turn for the worst during the week, it was switched to Convoy (12 noon).

Both sides have won one and lost one with Donegal beating Fermanagh and Derry and proving too strong for Antrim, with both losing heavily to Tyrone.

And with Antrim away for Donegal in their last game and Fermanagh in Brewster Park, Derry’s final game, this Saturday encounter could determine who joins Tyrone in the last four.

“Ideally, we want to go out and win the game and go on and qualify for the next stage and get the extra game against a good class of opposition. But ultimately it is about finding our best formation and getting ready for the championship game against Cavan at the end of May,” said Donegal manager Stephen Friel.

Donegal go into the game on the back of a six points defeat to the Red Hands last Saturday following a second half collapse after leading by two points at half time and after being six in front at one stage in the first half.

The Tir Chonaill boys looked the real deal in the first half against Tyrone with Ryan McHugh pulling the strings around midfield and Darragh Mulgrew and Stephen McBrearty raiding on the wings.

And with the pace of John McGarvey and Eoin McHugh carving the openings up front Stephen Friel’s men were 1-4 to 0-2 in front coming up to half-time.

But a gifted Tyrone goal on the stroke of half-time proved a game turner as Red Hands came out in the second half to score seven points to locals two and won comfortably in the end.

In light of last Saturday’s performance the manager has indicated that there may be one or two changes for Saturday and a crack at a place in the last four.

Ulster Minor Football League Group B table

P W D L F A P

Tyrone 3 3 0 0 56 27 6

Donegal 2 1 0 1 30 17 2

Derry 2 1 0 1 30 35 2

Fermanagh 2 1 0 1 18 32 2

Antrim 3 0 0 3 28 51 0