Oisin McConville says Tyrone are genuine Ulster Championship contenders but is not sure about their All-Ireland title credentials.
Mark Sidebottom is guiding proceedings on BBC TWO Northern Ireland with Michael McNamee presenting coverage on Radio Ulster 1341 Medium Wave. But please stick with us too in live text commentary land.
Derry were the only county to stage Football Championship fixtures at two different venues last year - Celtic Park and Owenbeg.
First blood to Derry at Celtic Park as their young guns win the Ulster Minor contest 1-15 to 0-10.
Derry manager Damian Barton never shirked the battle during his playing days against the Red Hands. The Newbridge man was in the thick of things in the epic 1995 Ulster semi-final when the 13-man Red Hands earned a 0-11 to 0-10 victory at Clones over the 1993 All-Ireland champions. Tyrone's Pascal Canavan was sent off after clashing with Barton that day. Barton's post-match appraisal of Tyrone's tactics didn't endear him to Red Hand fans. So Barton's presence in the Derry dug-out today throws in a little more spice to an already hot mix.
So after a somewhat low-key beginning in Ulster last weekend, the province's most bitter footballing rivals (sorry Armagh) get ready to go into battle at Celtic Park. Tyrone go in as strong favourites but Derry manager Damian Barton has insisted all week that his team can win today. Let battle commence.