Derry hurling manager John McEvoy has made two changes for Sunday's promotion play-off with Wicklow in Inniskeen (2.00).

Two time All-Ireland Club hurling winner Cian Waldron comes in for his first start since the Down game, at the expense of his brother Naoise.

Sé McGuigan, who came on late in last week's defeat to Wicklow, is named at full-forward, with Niall Ferris dropping to the bench.

The sides met last Sunday at Ballinascreen, with Derry falling to a first defeat of the season - 2-16 to 0-16.

“Wicklow are a fine side and they hurled us off the pitch in the first-half," McEvoy told the County Derry Post after the game.

"We will need to match them the next day in terms of our intensity and hopefully we will do that.”

The winner of Sunday's game will be promoted to division 2A, a division Derry were last in back in 2016 before being relegated after five straight defeats.

Missing is Cormac O'Doherty with a hand injury sustained against Meath in a pre-season challenge game and with Alan Grant recovering from an operation, it will again see Richie Mullan on free-taking duties.

Mullan is one of seven players named for all six games this season.  The others are captain Sean Cassidy, Brian Óg McGilligan,Thomas Brady,  brothers Sean, Conor and Paddy Kelly.

There is no place for John Mullan, who has scored 0-6 so far this season when sprung bench.

For the second week in a row dual player Brendan Rogers is named among the subs, having not played hurling for Derry since last season's Christy Ring Cup semi-final defeat to Kildare.

Derry: Sean Kelly, Paddy Kelly, Sean Cassidy (Capt), Ruairi McCartney, Conor Kelly, Brian Óg McGilligan, Liam Óg Hinphey, Thomas Brady, Paul Cleary, Gerald Bradley, Richie Mullan, Mark McGuigan, Cian Waldron, Sé McGuigan, Meehaul McGrath.
Subs: Eoin Mulholland, Naoise Waldron, John Mullan, Niall Ferris, Brendan Rogers, Darragh Cartin, Darragh McCloskey, Charles Gilmore, Niall Smyth, Colm Murphy, Tiarnán McCloskey.

Wicklow: TBC

Pic: Mary K Burke

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