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Kilrea 0-6 Slaughtneil 1-10

No draws this time, and no arguments as Slaughtneil reached their first Derry senior football final in four years.

They were the dominant side throughout this replay as they set up a repeat of that 2008 final against Ballinderry.

Slaughtneil were the better team in the opening 30 minutes, as much because of their efficiency in front of goal as anything.

To the fore were Chris Bradley and Se McGuigan, who contributed the Emmet's first half tally of 1-3 between them.

Bradley's three points came from two frees and a ‘45’, but it was McGuigan's 18th minute goal that put Slaughtneil in command.

McGuigan took a superb pass from Francis McEldowney and got in along the end line to fire through the body of Paul Morgan.

That made it 1-3 to 0-2, with Kilrea's scores both coming early from the boots of James Kielt and Gavin McWilliams, but they could have been closer at the break only for kicking four wides in the final five minutes of the first period.

Kilrea needed a better start to the second half but they simply never got into it. Instead, with Francis McEldowney and McKaigue brothers Chrissy and Karl all outstanding in the Slaughtneil defence, the gap grew larger all the while.

Chris Bradley and Jim Kelly again shared four points between them, but this time with a bit of help from Conan Cassidy, Padrig Kelly and Danny McMullan.

Kilrea ran out of ideas and legs as they started to go long, and the second-booking dismissal of Eamon Morgan finished last year's beaten finalists.

Kilrea: P Morgan; J Morgan (0-1), L Morrow, J Darragh; M McWilliams, C Kielt, S McMahon; J Kielt (0-3, 0-2f), J Donaghy; G McWilliams (0-1), K Og O'Kane, T Rafferty; E Morgan, L Kennedy, P McNeill

Subs: B McKay for McMahon (18), B Quigg (0-1) for O'Kane, Jack Kielt for Donaghy (45), A Rainey for G McWilliams (47), G McWilliams for P McNeill (49), E McAleese for L Kennedy (51)

Slaughtneil: A McMullan; C Cassidy (0-1), C McKaigue, Francis McEldowney; K McKaigue, B McGuigan, D McMullan (0-1); Patsy Bradley, P McGuigan; Fergal McEldowney, C Bradley (0-5, 0-3f, 0-1 45), P Kelly (0-1); J Kelly (0-2f), M Kelly, S McGuigan (1-0)

Referee: D O'Connor (Dungiven)

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