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Derry down in the dumps

ulster sfc

derry v down

Celtic Park, tom 2.0, live rte 2

IT probably won't be a classic (a la 1994) but it could still be riveting, given the Ulster championship's enduring ability to eclipse all the other provinces when it comes to early summer earth-movers.

Derry arrive here on the back of a grim league. Replacing them in the top-flight will be a Down team that underlined its own shortcomings when losing to Roscommon in the Division Two final.

Will home advantage swing it? Maybe, but it proved of scant value to Derry against Donegal or Longford last summer, while Mark Poland's return to fitness is a big plus for the visitors.

ODDS: Der 8/11 Draw 15/2 Down 6/4