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Kearney sounds warning as his men eye fourth crown in a row

 

By John Campbell

Slaughtneil may have dominated the Derry Senior Football Championship in recent years but the team have since raised the bar for themselves.

While they remain strongly focused on landing a fourth successive county crown, the frustration felt by not having delivered their best form in last year's All-Ireland Club final against Dr Crokes is still keenly felt.

But rather than focus on what might have been, assistant manager John Joe Kearney believes that taking each game as it comes will help keep a sense of perspective.

"It's a question of taking the challenges one by one," stated Kearney. "We will be meeting a Glen side in Sunday's semi-final that is laced with youthful talent, players who will be keen to impress."

Slaughtneil will parade all their familiar faces with former Derry midfield ace Patsy Bradley at the helm of a line-up that includes Brendan Rogers, Cormac O'Doherty, Padraig Cassidy, Christopher Bradley and the McKaigues, Karl and Chrissy.

Glen are not without their own heavy artillery with Ciaran McFaul, Danny Tallon, Emmett Bradley, Stevie O'Hara and Paul Gunning to the fore.

McFaul was one of Derry's more consistent players this year while Tallon made quite an impact when he earned his county spurs under Damian Barton.

Glen have certainly shown themselves to be a formidable side, but Slaughtneil's experience should stand them in good stead.

"Maybe experience might be on our side but that won't faze Glen because they will be driven by hunger and that will help their cause, especially when the heat is on," added Kearney.

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