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Eilis targeting double bonanza as Slaughtneil eye place in senior decider


By John Campbell

The surname Cassidy has long been synonymous with success in a Slaughtneil sporting context and tomorrow it will figure strongly on the team sheet when the Derry and Ulster champions take on Thomastown (Kilkenny) in the All-Ireland Senior club camogie semi-final at Inniskeen (2.00).

For Eilis Cassidy, the match could mark another step towards a possible double achievement. Not only is the dynamic wing-forward focused on landing a second All-Ireland honour but she is also in line to carry off the individual camogie award at next Friday's Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers' Association awards.

Along with Tina Hannon, Therese Mellon and Siobhan McKaigue she will help to form the cutting edge of the Slaughtneil attack while her sisters Aoife and Brona will help prop up the defence.

Denise McGuigan and Louise Dougan will again be given the onerous task of striving to gain dominance in the key midfield area.

Meanwhile, Tyrone representatives Eglish will face Johnstownbridge (Kildare) also tomorrow in the All-Ireland club intermediate camogie semi-final at Donaghmore Ashbourne (2.00).

The Donnelly sisters Ciara, Aisling and Leanne underpin an Eglish side that is particularly keen to make it through to the decider and perhaps make amends for last year's defeat at the hands of Carlow side Myshall.

Eglish boasts a strong camogie tradition and although Johnstownbridge have come through strongly this year, they may find the Red Hand girls in uncompromising mood.

Elsewhere, Armagh and Tyrone face stiff challenges when the Ladies National Football League gets under way tomorrow. In Division One Armagh will have home advantage at Silverbridge against Tipperary where their new management team of Lorraine McCaffrey and Fionnuala McAtamney are hoping for a winning start, while Red Hands boss Gerry Moane hopes to have his side at concert pitch for their Division Two clash with Waterford at Drumragh.

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