Jim McGuinness: Monaghan cannot survive uncontested Derry possession

The unpredictable nature of the Ulster championship set to continue this weekend

Derry manager Rory Gallagher celebrates victory over Tyrone. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Derry manager Rory Gallagher celebrates victory over Tyrone. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Days like that haven’t come around too often for Derry football in recent times, destroying the All-Ireland champions on their own patch, kicking 1-18 and holding them to 0-10. Players like Gareth McKinless, Conor Glass and Shane McGuigan have real quality so that quarter-final result didn’t come out of nowhere but the Ulster championship if anything is relentless and certainly no place for sentiment.

For me, Derry clearly pick their fights and by that I mean in four key areas.

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