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Oak Leafs cruise to victory over Down

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Oak Leafs cruise to victory over Down thumbnailDerry Under-21 hurling captain Ciaran Steele and his team-mates celebrate their Ulster Championship final win over Down at Corrigan Park

DERRY won the Ulster U21 Hurling Championship for the first time since 2008 with a 3-17 to 1-9 win over Down at Corrigan Park, Belfast, last week, their sixth win at this grade.
Their first success came in 1986 when they hammered Antrim in Loughgiel. The player at centre half that day was a certain Colm McGurk from Lavey. Thirty one year later it was the same who managed them to title number six.
Since successful businessmen McGurk took over the helm of Derry hurling there has been a rapid rise. The seniors have won the Nicky Rackard Cup, the minors gave a good account of themselves in losing to Antrim in the minor final but this is the icing on the cake. After beating holders and hot favourites in the semi final it looked a tough ask to follow up against a Down team that had scored a massive 8-20 against Armagh.
“I thought that our touch was as good as any Derry team ever, both last week and today, and I'm really looking forward to an All Ireland semi final against Kilkenny," admitted Derry boss McGurk.

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