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UUJ on brink of coup

Donegal's Eamonn McGee under pressure from the UUJ defence

CAN UUJ do the double over the two Ulster Championship finalists this weekend, by beating John Brennan’s Derry?

Last weekend, the student side, coached by Adrian McGuckin and Barney McAleenan, defeated Jim McGuinness’ Donegal – the Ulster Champions – despite the absence of a number of key players who had defected to their county teams.

Jordanstown won by 0-11 to 0-9 and CJ McGourty gained the plaudits, having scored 0-4. However, according to McAleenan, Derry offer a very different challenge to that of Donegal.

“Donegal play a certain type of football which is quite difficult to deal with. It was hard to score against them. Derry beat Cavan last weekend, and while they have a good defence, they also have a lot of good forwards.”

So, while the problem against Donegal was breaking the defence down, this time it will be about stopping a strong forward unit. Six players scored for Derry against Cavan, with Cailean O’Boyle – who played for Jordanstown last year – their top marksman recording 0-5.

Yet Jordanstown’s defence might be up to the challenge having held Donegal to nine points.

“We were delighted with the way it went against Donegal. It was a great effort. A couple of the boys had exams on Monday, and a few of them were reading their notes in the car. They showed great commitment and desire.”

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