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Derry manager Rory Gallagher celebrates after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship quarter-final win over Clare at Croke Park. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Derry manager Rory Gallagher celebrates after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship quarter-final win over Clare at Croke Park. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Shane McGuigan of Derry celebrates after scoring his side's fifth goal during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Clare and Derry at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Shane McGuigan of Derry celebrates after scoring his side's fifth goal during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Clare and Derry at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Derry manager Rory Gallagher celebrates after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship quarter-final win over Clare at Croke Park. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

I have a good early warning system for Derry games. It wasn’t triggered this week. After a few pints in Cleary’s to gently anaesthetise myself, I headed over to the park and settled in for the game.

This is Donegal 2012 all over again. Derry were at battle speed from the throw-in. Hard, well-timed sprinting — good spacing up front. Ferocious, smart tackling without fouling. Shepherding the Clare forwards down cul de sacs.


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