Derry bid to get closer to Fermanagh in re-run of Ulster junior final

The sides meet again on Sunday in an All-Ireland group game

Blaithin Donnelly of Derry and Aoife McCabe
Blaithin Donnelly of Derry and Aoife McCabe of Fermanagh in action during last month’s Ulster JFC final between the sides

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies’ JFC Group A, round two Fermanagh v Derry (tomorrow, Donagh, 2pm)

ULSTER champions Fermanagh begin their All-Ireland junior campaign against Derry tomorrow afternoon.

The sides met in the provincial final just three weeks ago, with the Erne county coming away with a comfortable victory.

However, they will be wary of a Derry side, who will relish this other chance to test them, having recorded their first championship win in almost three years and just their second since 2019, when they defeated London 1-15 to 1-6 last weekend in the first round of games.

The Oak Leaf girls’ performance was probably the best they have put together in a few years, and although they trailed at half-time by two points, they dominated the second half, scoring 1-8 of their 1-9 without reply and limiting the opposition to a single score, a late point.

They will be keen to follow up with a second successive solid performance that will look to keep Fermanagh’s attacking prowess at bay as much as possible, but also to ensure they take their chances at the other end, something that let them down in the Ulster final and that they were off target with in the first half against London.

Fermanagh will start as favourites but know they cannot take Derry for granted. It will be interesting to see how this pans out, if Derry can close the gap, or cause an upset, against one of the teams who are considered favourites for the junior title.