DERRY open their Nicky Rackard Cup campaign away to Louth on Saturday afternoon (3pm). The game was originally fixed for the county's training base at Darver but will now take place at Páirc Naomh Bríd, Dowdallshill, on the outskirts of Dundalk.
Derry won their last and only title back in 2006, with victory over Donegal at Croke Park. Louth have lost four finals since the competition began in 2005 and go into this year's competition on the back of a poor league campaign. Six straight defeats saw them rooted to the bottom of Division of 3A.
Derry manager Collie McGurk expects to have goalkeeper Daryll McDermott back after missing Sunday's win over Tyrone with illness. Aaron Kelly, Alan Grant as well the Hinphey brothers - Liam Óg and Kevin are expected to come into consideration for selection.
Ruairi Convery scored 0-12 of his side's tally on Sunday but Derry went 10 minutes without a score in the first half. Tyrone were dominant on Derry's puck-outs and it wasn't until Ciaran Steele passed to Gerald Bradley for their 44th minute goal that the Oakleafers opened up a gap.
Derry CCC have postponed two of this weekend's division one football games until Monday night (7.00) to accommodate dual clubs.
Ballinderry v Slaughtneil
Swatragh v Ballinascreen
The division three game between Ardmore and Magherafelt Thirds will take place on Saturday at 4pm.
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