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28/10/2021

Derry hurlers name U20 team for All-Ireland final

Derry face Meath in Wednesday's decider in Páirc Esler

Derry hurlers name U20 team for All-Ireland final

Derry have made three changes to their team for Wednesday's All-Ireland U20 B Hurling with final with Meath in Newry's Páirc Esler.

Swatragh's Michael McCormack misses out after an unsuccessful appeal against his red card from the semi-final win over Sligo.

In the reshuffle, Jack Cassidy starts at midfield with captain Eoghan Cassidy and Thomas McKeagney comes into the attack.

In defence Dara Simpson, who came on against Sligo, starts ahead of Mark McEldowney.  The third change sees Ryan McGill start in attack, with Keelan Doherty dropping to the bench.

Derry, managed by Kevin Kelly, Martin Birt and Ryan O'Neill, are built around the U17s teams what won the 2018 and 2019 Celtic Challenge competitions.

Captain Eoghan Cassidy, top scorer Shea Cassidy, Padraig O'Kane and Pádhraig Nelis have already played senior for Derry.

The Oakleafers were winners over Sligo and Donegal on the way to Wednesday's final, as they aim to become the first Ulster county to win the Richie McElligott Cup.

They face a Meath team who put up high scores in their wins over Wicklow and Down.  Their scoring power comes from wing forwards James Murray and Jack Lanigan.

DERRY: Leo Passmore; Dara Simpson, Aodhan O'Hagan, Karl McGilligan, Ronan McKenna, Cormac Collins, James O'Connor; Eoghan Cassidy, Jack Cassidy; Pádhraig Nelis, Thomas McKeagney, Darragh McGilligan; Shéa Cassidy, Pádraig O'Kane, Ryan McGill
SUBS: Cathan McElhinney, Mark McEldowney, Niall Biggs, Kosta Papachristopolous, Callum O'Kane, Emmett Donnelly, Ryan McPeake, Kealan Doherty, Jack Conway, Niall McGonagle, Ruaidhri McLaughlin, Micheál Murray, Aidan Cutliffe, Jamie McCormick, Michael Lynch, Ciaran Crossan, Eoin McCallion, Michael McCormack

MEATH: Conor Ryan; Ben Holden, Gary Fleming, Dylan Farrell; Adam O’Connor, Cian Kelly, Conor Fitzgerald; Justin Coyne, Dylan Farrell; Jack Lanigan,Ian Bermingham, James Murray; Jack Cottrell, Cormac Keyes, Mikey Cole
SUBS: Calum Buckley, Brian Moore, Luke Horan, Josh Harris, Ciaran Regan, Sean Doyle, Conor McGovern, Aidan Fraher, Shane Clarke

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