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GAA: Glenullin miss top tier

By John Campbell

Published 19/12/2007

Glenullin may have won the Derry senior football title this year - but they are not listed in the top tier for the 2008 championship.

Instead, they will be in the second tier in the company of near neighbours Banagher, Castledawson and Dungiven.

The top tier comprises Bellaghy, Ballinderry, Loup and Slaughtneil.

In the third tier are Ballinascreen, Kilrea, and Lavey.

This tier will be completed when one team emerges from Glen, Swatragh or Magherafelt.

In tier four are Coleraine, Craigbane and two from Glen, Swatragh or Magherafelt.

Champions Glenullin are keen to retain their crown, of course.

But not just to enjoy another reign in the Oak Leaf county.

"No, we were disappointed at the manner in which we exited the Ulster Club Championship," said Glenullin secretary Gerard O'Kane.

"We thought we might have got a run in this competition but it was not to be."

Meanwhile, former Derry star Damien Cassidy (pictured) has stood down as Bellaghy manager.

Cassidy, a member of the Derry squad that won the All-Ireland title under the baton of the late Eamonn Coleman in 1993, formerly played for Bellaghy, of course, and has made a significant impact as team boss.

But he has now decided to hand on the reins of the Wolfe Tones club.

The team had been fancied in some quarters to win the Derry championship title but found themselves playing second fiddle ultimately to Glenullin.

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