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Slaughtneil's Brendan Rogers has milestone momentum

By John Campbell

Slaughtneil are well on their way towards rewriting the history books in Derry.

Last year the club retained the county senior football and hurling titles and so far this year they have made it four hurling crowns on the trot.

The prospect of landing a hat-trick of football titles is just the latest challenge in a litany of stiff examinations they have passed with flying colours - and the fact that a corps of players are involved in both codes make the achievements all the more commendable.

Brendan Rogers - man of the match when Slaughtneil retained their hurling crown by beating Banagher in the final recently - is enthusiastically preparing for a football semi-final against a Ballinderry side that has shown impressive form to date this year.

"We feel we must challenge ourselves and maybe try and make a big bid for the Ulster title," says the 22-year-old.

"Cushendall currently hold it and they are already through to the Antrim final so we know that there will be really quality opposition awaiting us in the provincial competition but that's something we have to be prepared for."

But for now his focus is on Sunday's meeting with Ballinderry in a football shoot-out that could provide a firm pointer to just who will lift the Derry title.

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