THEY may have caused an upset by beating the All-Ireland champions in the NFL final, but there’s no fear of the Derry footballers losing the run of themselves.
Midfielder Fergal Doherty, who scored a rare goal in that decider, stressed that their celebrations were shortlived as focus turns to their Ulster SFC clash with last year’s league champions, Donegal, in Ballybofey.
“We had a slow start against Kerry. After 10 or 15 minutes I thought we were going to get tanked. Luckily enough, we turned it around and it went well for us in the end. The team is full of confidence. For a team like Kerry to go seven or eight points up, you can’t think of bad things. We dug deep and got the result.”
Doherty is also conscious of the poor record of some league winners in the championship and didn’t need to be reminded that Derry underachieved in this regard in the 90s.
“People might talk of Derry being favourites now to win Ulster, but we’ll not look beyond the first game. We have been tipped before and we have been slated before. It won’t make a pile of difference to us. At the end of the day nobody remembers a team that wins a league.”
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