Minor setback for Slaughtneil in St Paul's club
Slaughtneil may have continued to thrive on the domestic scene in Derry this year but success on the Ulster stage is proving elusive.
Yesterday it was the turn of the club's minor football side to taste disappointment when they lost by 0-16 to 2-7 to a slick St Eunan's, Letterkenny side in the provincial club minor tournament hosted by the St Paul's club in Belfast.
Slaughtneil found themselves playing against a strong wind in the first-half and trailed by 0-11 to 0-4 at the break with Niall O'Donnell and Rory Carr proving able marksmen for a fast-moving St Eunan's outfit.
The Donegal side were still in the driving seat with 40 minutes gone when they led by 0-12 to 0-5 as Slaughtneil tried desperately to acquire a stronger foothold in the contest.
It was not until the closing stages, though, that they found their rhythm up front. Late goals from a Caolan Feeney penalty and Prionsius Burke breathed new life into the side but St Eunan's, with O'Donnell and Carr still hugely effective, held out to move on in the competition.
The St Enda's (Glengormley) v Enniskillen Gaels tie which was fixed for Saturday was postponed because of the inclement weather and will now be staged on Saturday week.
In the Paul McGirr Cup Final at Dromore, Armagh representatives Clan Eireann of Lurgan beat O'Donovan Rossa (Belfast) by 2-10 to 0-4.
A Tiernan Kelly goal helped to propel the orchard county outfit into a 1-7 to 0-2 interval lead and although Rossa tried hard after the interval, they were unable to make any real headway particularly after Ruairi McConville tucked away the winners' second goal.