Slaughtneil stay on course to claim three titles in a row
Slaughtneil remain on course to achieve a potentially astonishing three in a row of Derry Championships, after their 2-9 to 0-9 win over old adversaries Ballinderry, at Owenbeg on Sunday.
Slaughtneil got off to a dream start early on with two Christopher Bradley points and on the 12th minute a Chrissy McKaigue pass put Shane McGuigan through for a goal.
Ballinderry eventually registered their first score of the game through Daniel McKinless in the 13th minute, and they hit four unanswered points, two through Raymond Wilkinson, one from veteran Conleith Gilligan and another from substitute Lee Martin.
The half-time score was 1-6 to 0-6 with Ballinderry guilty of some wasteful shooting.
The decisive moment in the tie came in the 54th minute. Christopher Bradley broke down the right and when it was floated across, Sé McGuigan was alert to the flight.
It left him one on one against Ballinderry goalkeeper Glen McOscar and McGuigan placed it into the bottom corner of his net for a somewhat flattering margin in the end.
They will contest the John McLaughlin Cup against the Loup, who are back in their first final since 2009, when they beat Dungiven in the decider.
The Loughshore men accounted for Ballinascreen on Saturday evening, with their goal scoring prowess the reason for a scoreline of 4-9 to 0-10.
Loup got a gift of a goal in the eighth minute when a Thomas Mallon '45' was scuffed, bounced twice but yet still found the back of the net off the greasy surface.
At half time, they lead by the minimum, 1-4 to 0-6, with referee Barry Cassidy having dismissed 'Screen player Barry Grant for an apparent strike on Dominic McVey.
In the 45th minute, Jason Rocks added the second goal, while Caolan Devlin in the 55th, and Paul McVey a minute later, completed the rout.