Derry footballers land first Ulster title in 24 years – but miss out on All-Island glory

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The Anglo Celt Cup is back in Derry for the first time in almost a quarter of a century following the Oak Leaf county’s Ulster Final win over near neighbours Donegal.

Rory Gallagher’s side claimed the title the hard way, overcoming the odds against All Ireland Champions Tyrone in the quarter finals before wins over Monaghan and Donegal sealed the title.

The win qualified Derry for the All-Ireland series at Croke Park, but their bid to win a first All-Ireland title since 1993 sadly failed after a semi-final defeat by Galway at Croke Park.

Thousands of Derry fans travelled to Dublin to cheer on the team, who despite a strong start, ultimately lost out on a place in the final.

After the game, Gallagher said he believed the team could enjoy success again next year: “The challenge now is to grind it out again,” he added. “I have no doubt the boys will.”

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