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McGuigan can spark Slaughtneil title tilt

 

On song: Shane McGuigan
On song: Shane McGuigan
John Campbell

By John Campbell

When Slaughtneil reigned supreme in Derry football from 2014-2017, it appeared that their invincible tag would remain for an even longer period.

But Coleraine Eoghan Rua had other ideas about that and put them into practice by overcoming Lavey in last year's final, 1-12 to 0-12.

However, under the management team of Patrick Cassidy and Paddy Flynn, Slaughtneil appear to have rediscovered their hunger for the ultimate domestic honour and when they confront Newbridge at Glen today (2.30pm) they will be expected to inch closer to another title.

Slaughtneil's vastly experienced corps that includes the McKaigue brothers Chrissy and Karl, Brenda Rogers, Christopher Bradley, Padraig Cassidy and the exciting, free-scoring Shane McGuigan are expected to be in the vanguard of their challenge.

In the Tyrone senior football championship, Killyclogher will take on Donaghmore today (Pairc Colmcille 2.45pm) while Moy will face Clonoe at Pomeroy (6.15pm).

Title-holders Coalisland Fianna will be in action tomorrow evening when they face Ardboe at Edendork (6.15pm).

This will prove a stiff test for the champions who will look to Padraig Hampsey and Michael McKernan for leadership while Kyle Coney, Michael Cassidy and David Mulgrew can fire up Ardboe.

Gaoth Dobhair will take a step in their bid to retain the Donegal title when they meet St Eunan's tomorrow (6pm).

Daire O'Baoill, Odhran MacNiallias, Neil Gallagher and Odhran McFadden Ferry can play a big part in driving Gaoth Dobhair on.

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