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Slaughtneil certainly hit the ground running when they launched their bid to land an eighth successive Derry senior hurling championship title. (stock photo)

Slaughtneil certainly hit the ground running when they launched their bid to land an eighth successive Derry senior hurling championship title. (stock photo)

Slaughtneil certainly hit the ground running when they launched their bid to land an eighth successive Derry senior hurling championship title. (stock photo)

Slaughtneil certainly hit the ground running when they launched their bid to land an eighth successive Derry senior hurling championship title.

Michael McShane's fired-up side were in unstoppable mood as they brushed aside the feeble challenge of a dispirited Ballinascreen on a 6-26 to 1-11 scoreline.

But the wily McShane is not reading too much into the outcome.

"We got off to a good start and we were able to maintain our momentum," he said.

"I have to say that I was happy with the way in which we took our chances."

By half-time, the reigning champions had already assured themselves of a place in the next round when they led by 3-13 to 0-4.

As they piled on the pressure after the break, Cormac O'Doherty (1-12) and Jerome McGuigan (3-3) remained in the vanguard of their scoring onslaught.

Eoghan Rua, still coming to terms with the recent sudden death of popular player Michael McQuillan, were held to a draw by Banagher. Sean Leo McGoldrick brought all his experience into play in pocketing a string of scores as Eoghan Rua compiled 2-14, but courageous Banagher stayed the course by totting up 1-17 in what was a thrilling draw.   

Lavey, meanwhile, managed to edge out a gallant Na Magha outfit by 0-15 to 0-10 after a  tense tie in which the sides were deadlocked at 0-7 each at half-time. 

Belfast Telegraph