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Derry will have no fear of Mayo big guns

Thursday, 29 June 2017

WHEN you have nothing to lose it is the best time to play one of the top teams in the game.
After a run of home games in the championship in recent years Derry now find themselves on the road for the second time in the qualifiers. After their win at far away Waterford they now face a trip to Castlebar where they will play last year's beaten All Ireland finalists Mayo.
Mayo, needless to say, are raging hot favourites but for Derry it is the case of nothing to lose. In the past they have had success against Mayo teams so they will have no inferiority complex for this game.
It is interesting to look at the set up in Mayo. Iin the last four years they have contested two All Ireland finals and two semi finals - losing one of each after replays. In short, they blew last year's final against Dublin. In the first game they scored two own goals a rarity in Gaelic football.
Then, for reasons unknown, manager Stephen Rochford decided to change his goalie and he froze on the day conceding a bad goal. Clarke, the keeper he dropped, was selected as the All Star 'keeper for 2016.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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