Sunday 22 October 2017

Bradley set to join '50' club as he leads Derry's Ulster raid

Paddy Bradley. Photo: Sportsfile
Paddy Bradley. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

STAR forward Paddy Bradley will make his 50th SFC appearance for Derry in Saturday's Ulster quarter-final at Ballybofey.

Bradley, who missed last summer's action with a cruciate ligament injury, will captain the team from full-forward. Only two other players, Enda Muldoon and Sean Marty Lockhart, have reached that milestone.

Right corner-back John McCamley and left half-back Eugene Scullion are the two debutants named in the starting 15 against Donegal.

Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney has made just one change from the side that beat Tyrone in the NFL Division 2 final for Sunday's Leinster SFC quarter-final clash with Offaly.

Andrew McLoughlin takes over from the injured Eamonn Callaghan in defence, but there is speculation that the Lilies could make further changes before the throw-in.

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Offaly's Daniel Currams will become the 29th player to line out for the county in both football and hurling championships in Sunday's clash. The Kilcormac/ Killoughey player threw his lot in with the Offaly footballers this year, having previously committed to the county's hurlers under Joe Dooley. He has been named at centre-forward.

Meanwhile, as Seanie Johnston continues in inter-county limbo, despite being cleared to transfer from Cavan to Kildare, his case is on the agenda for a meeting of the GAA management committee this weekend.

However, it's for information purposes only, with members being brought up to date on official developments in recent weeks, during which the lengthy saga reached a conclusion with the granting of the transfer.

KILDARE (SF v Offaly) -- S Connolly; A McLoughlin, H McGrillen, P Kelly; E Bolton, M O'Flaherty, O Lyons; M Foley, P O'Neill; J Doyle, E O'Flaherty, A Smith; J Kavanagh, T O'Connor, M Conway.

DERRY (SF v Donegal) -- B Gillis; J McCamley, C McKaigue, S McGoldrick; B McGoldrick, M Craig, E Scullion; J Diver, M Friel; G O'Kane, M Lynch, E Lynn; C Gilligan, P Bradley, E McGuckian.

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