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Slaughtneil know score in bid to land title hat-trick

By John Campbell

If Slaughtneil require confirmation that landing a hat-trick of Derry Senior Football Championship titles will be anything but straightforward when they meet Loup in tomorrow's final at Celtic Park, then they need only reflect on the scorelines that decided their last two triumphs.

In 2014, Mickey Moran's side just managed to edge out a resilient Ballinderry by 1-8 to 0-9 while last year's opponents Eoghan Rua Coleraine proved even more feisty before bowing the knee at 1-7 to 0-9.

Little wonder, then, that caution is the watchword as sights are nonetheless strongly focused on a triple coup.

Key defender Chrissy McKaigue insisted: "While it is great to have won the last two Derry titles, this guarantees nothing in terms of this match.

"Loup are a well organised side and Johnny McBride will have them fired up."

Former Derry ace McBride has certainly stoked the fire of ambition within the club he served so well as a player before assuming the manager's role and he will have his players at concert pitch.

Meanwhile, Killyclogher and Coalisland will cross swords again in the Tyrone Senior Football Championship replay at Omagh.

Killyclogher will look to key players such as the McCann brothers, Tiarnan and Conall, and Mark Bradley, and look capable of edging it this time.

Donegal skipper Michael Murphy will have an important role in the Glenswilly side that will meet Kilcar in tomorrow's county final. The McHughs - Ryan, Eoin and Mark - along with Patrick McBrearty can fire up Kilcar.

Cian Mackey sparked a Castlerahan comeback in last Sunday's drawn Cavan final against Ramor United and can again wield a big influence in tomorrow's replay.

In the Ulster Senior Club Ladies Football Championship, Monaghan side Donaghmoyne will face Armagh representatives Clann Eireann while Tyrone outfit St Macartan's will meet Moville (Donegal).

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