Gilligan and Bell help Ballinderry set up clash with kings Slaughtneil
Blalinderry nosed more strongly into contention for the Derry Senior Football Championship title last night when they beat Banagher by 1-14 to 1-7, a victory that has earned them a semi-final meeting with champions Slaughtneil.
With Ryan Bell and Conleith Gilligan in particular in majestic form, Ballinderry bossed the first half at Owenbeg and led by 1-8 to 0-3 at the break.
Bell and ex-Derry county star Gilligan had helped to amass the majority of the Ballinderry scores while Mark Lynch showed accuracy from frees for Banagher.
By the end of the third quarter Ballinderry led by 1-12 to 1-5 with Gilligan and Ryan still very much to the fore in posting points as Banagher sought to keep them at bay.
The losers put in a brave closing effort but when Gilligan swept over his eighth point, Ballinderry's dominance was further underlined.
In the Armagh Senior Football Championship, Harps beat Sarsfields by 3-17 to 3-14 in one of the best games seen in the competition for some time.
Sarsfields led by 0-9 to 0-7 at the halfway stage but in a rip-roaring second half that yielded six goals, Harps held out to win in a frenetic finish highlighted by some fine scores.