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O'Doherty is striving to make his a double


Dual drive: Cormac O’Doherty
Dual drive: Cormac O’Doherty
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Cormac O'Doherty has become accustomed to living life in the GAA's fast lane.

Having helped Slaughtneil reach next weekend's Derry Senior Hurling Championship final in which they will meet Kevin Lynch's, the prodigiously talented O'Doherty will line out with the Robert Emmett's football side tomorrow against Ballinderry at Glen (1.30pm) in the second of the Derry Championship quarter-finals hoping to take the side a step closer to yet another title.

O'Doherty, one of a raft of dual players in the Slaughtneil set-up, now finds that he thrives on pressure and if he can replicate the scoring touch which he has revealed on the hurling front of late, then the Ballinderry defence is in for a torrid time.

Meanwhile, old warhorse Mark Lynch can help fire up Banagher against Swatragh at Owenbeg tonight (6.30pm) while Sean Quinn and Conor McAtamney can bolster the latter.

Tomorrow, O'Donovan Rossa, Magherafelt, who disposed of holders Eoghan Rua, Coleraine at the first hurdle, face Ballinascreen at Owenbeg (4pm). Also tomorrow, Glen will confront Lavey at Owenbeg (5.30pm).

In the Donegal Football Championship, reigning champions Gaoth Dobhair, with Neil McGee, Daire O Baoill and Odhran McFadden Ferry on board, face a stiff test against Ardara, while St Michael's will meet St Eunan's.

Bredagh have been boosted for their Down Intermediate Hurling Championship final against Carryduff tomorrow at Newcastle (3.15pm) now that the experienced Donal Hughes is available.

In the junior decider, Ballela will meet Newry Shamrocks also at Newcastle (1.30pm).

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