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McGuigan shines as Derry step up title bid

By John Campbell

Shane McGuigan is making a habit of picking up man of the match accolades in Derry's sustained drive to land the All-Ireland Minor football crown.

In his team's Ulster final win over Cavan, the Slaughtneil marksman landed five crucial points and carried this impressive form into Saturday's All-Ireland quarter-final against Longford when he bagged another seven as the Oak Leafs chiselled out a hard-fought 0-12 to 2-4 victory.

For manager Damien McErlain, it was another milestone in what could prove the route to glory.

"We have been taking each match as it comes and while Shane has certainly been getting the scores for us, I am very impressed with our team ethic," he said. "There is a tremendous spirit and we hope that this will be reflected even more now."

In a Derry side that was forced to absorb strong bouts of pressure from a resilient Longford outfit, Jack Doherty and Conor Glass once again rose to the occasion.

But Cavan's ambitions of reaching the semi-finals were scuppered by Leinster champions Kildare, who got the better of them by 2-14 to 2-12.

Thomas Edward Donohue and James Brady scored the Breffni County's goals while Ciaran Kelly and Jimmy Hyland netted for Kildare in a tense encounter.

In the All-Ireland Ladies' Football Championship qualifier, Tyrone were totally outclassed by a rampant Mayo side on a 4-15 to 0-3 scoreline.

Not for the first time, the irrepressible Cora Staunton proved the ace in the Mayo pack by landing a total of 2-10, with 2-7 of this coming from play.

Staunton's influence allied to the pace and power of the Mayo attack in particular left Tyrone floundering from an early stage.

Meanwhile, in the All-Ireland Minor 'C' Hurling Championship, Down overcame Donegal by 3-17 to 4-3 while Armagh succumbed to Wicklow by 5-13 to 1-15.

Antrim achieved a notable success in the All-Ireland U16 'C' Camogie Championship by beating Kerry. The Saffron girls were well worth their 3-9 to 3-1 victory.

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