One change for Derry U-21s

The Derry management have made one change to their team for Saturday evening's All-Ireland Under-21 hurling semi-final against Dublin (Páirc Esler, throw-in 6pm).

The Derry management have made one change to their team for Saturday evening's All-Ireland Under-21 hurling semi-final against Dublin (Páirc Esler, throw-in 6pm).

The Oak Leafers have included eight senior players for the Newry encounter with the only alteration to that side that beat Antrim in the Ulster final seeing Michael Kilpatrick lose out to Cormac McKenna at left half-back.

Derry coach Sean McCloskey said: "We'll have no fear of Dublin, even though they looked very good in seeing off Offaly in the Leinster final. They'll be clear favourites but if, like in the Ulster final, we don't concede any early goals, we'll be in with a great chance."

Derry have never won an All-Ireland U-21 title but gained a confidence-boosting win over Antrim earlier this month as they lifted their first provincial crown at the grade since 1997.

The winners of this weekend's tie will play either Cork or Galway in the final at Croke Park on September 9. The Cork-Galway semi-final has been pencilled in for Thurles on August 25.

DERRY (U-21HC v Dublin) - D McDermott; S Henry, R McCloskey (capt), S McNicholl; C McKinney, M Crague, C McKenna; B Dodds, N Holley; P Henry, O McCloskey, G O'Kane; S Dodds, K O'Neill, SL McGoldrick.

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