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Barton's Derry talent search starts with semi-final clashes

By Staff Reporter

The ink had scarcely dried on Damien Barton's agreement to take charge of the Derry football side for another season than he was already focusing on taking in this weekend's senior championship semi-finals.

Today Loup and Ballinascreen will do battle with reigning champions Slaughtneil hoping to take another step towards what would be a third successive title when they meet Ballinderry in the other semi-final tomorrow.

Dermot McBride will have a key role in underpinning the Ballinascreen defence against a Loup side that will look to Thomas Mallon for inspiration.

But the winners of this game will be acutely aware that Slaughtneil's dominance of the Derry GAA scene continues.

The club has already won its fourth hurling championship title on the trot and is now keen to win a third successive football title.

The club's battery of dual players are still putting their shoulder to the wheel with Chrissy McKaigue, Cormac O'Doherty and Karl McKaigue to the fore.

Ballinderry can rely on Ryan Bell and Conleith Gilligan to produce the goods and the team will certainly relish the opportunity to reach another final.

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