Slaughtneil set out their stall in strong bid to keep their titles
Derry and Ulster club champions Slaughtneil have lost no time in laying down a firm marker that they are eager to retain their twin titles.
They certainly turned up the heat in beating Newbridge by 1-15 to 0-8 last night at Owenbeg with Shay McGuigan scoring their goal and Cormac O'Doherty and Christopher Bradley helping to spark their team's points-scoring blitz.
But Ballinascreen underlined that they could be viable candidates for the Derry title by the manner in which they overcame Donovan Rossa Magherafelt by 2-14 to 1-12.
In the Tyrone championship, Omagh St Enda's and Clonoe finished all-square in a pulsating encounter last night. Aaron Grugan scored the only goal of the game which helped give Omagh a 1-4 to 0-4 interval lead but the free-taking skills of Daryl Magee and Danny McNulty were to prove crucial for Clonoe who amassed 1-7 to Omagh's 0-10.
Meanwhile, title-holders Trllick breezed past Eglish by 3-18 to 0-11 with Dara Gallagher, Niall Donnelly and Lee Brennan hitting the net. Goals from Feargal Menagh and Simon O'Neill were central to Killyclogher's fine 2-16 to 0-11 win over Errigal Ciaran.
Cargin and Creggan and Lamh Dhearg and Rossa must meet again to decide who will join St John's and St Gall's in the last four of the Antrim championship.
Reigning champions Cargin were given quite a fright by Creggan when Ciaran Close and Michael Clarke landed their goals while Mark Dougan scored 1-8 for Creggan.
Deaghlan Murphy's last-gasp point earned Rossa a second bite at the cherry against Lamh Dhearg for whom Ryan Murray scored 0-7 of their 0-12 total with Thomas Morgan's goal proving vital in Rossa's accumulation of 1-9.
St Gall's beat Casements (Portglenone) by 0-15 to 0-11 with Karl Stewart landing six points in a vintage performance.