Moran – I'm tipping Derry
FORMER Derry and Donegal manager Mickey Moran has tipped the Oakleafs to cause an upset and dethrone the reigning Ulster champions in their own backyard on Saturday evening.
Jim McGuinness and his side are widely expected to keep their bid for back-to-back provincial titles firmly on track in Ballybofey, but Moran believes that John Brennan’s side are more than capable of setting up a semi-final meeting with Tyrone.
“It will be a very, very tight one, but I’m going to tip Derry,” said Moran. “I’ll tip them because they have nothing to lose.
“If everything is going well in the last few weeks in training, they stand a good chance.”
Moran believes Derry have an opportunity to avenge last year’s Ulster final loss to the Tir Chonaill men, when they went down by six points.
“They certainly didn’t play to their potential last year, but they were still in the game.
“Donegal tend to be a wee bit nervous at home early, the longer Derry stay in the game the better. They have a good chance of doing something then.
“The big question is how far on have Donegal come?”
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