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Rodgers to four for ruthless Slaughtneil



Net gains: Brendan Rogers bagged four goals in victory

Net gains: Brendan Rogers bagged four goals in victory

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Net gains: Brendan Rogers bagged four goals in victory

While the Antrim Senior Hurling Championship is serving up nail-biters every weekend, there was a grim inevitability about the way in which Ulster hurling champions Slaughtneil came through their Derry semi-final against Swatragh.

It ended 5-31 to 0-8 - and that is not a misprint - to the champions, and four of the goals came from Brendan Rogers.

They will now contest the final against old rivals Kevin Lynch's, who disposed of Ballinascreen in similar ruthless fashion, 3-24 to 0-9.

The Antrim Hurling Championship continues to deliver. This weekend it was once again O'Donovan Rossa that served up what can be seen as a breakthrough win in beating Cushendall 2-11 to 0-16 to make it to a semi-final with champions Dunloy.

St John's showed they deserved their favourites tag in the other quarter-final against local rivals St Gall's, but it was a much closer run thing than expected as they secured the win. They now meet Loughgiel in the other semi-final.

In Down, Kilcoo kept their vice-like grip going in yesterday's late game, beating Burren 1-11 to 0-9.

In the other game in the senior Championship, there was a fiery end to Mayobridge's campaign, under the management of former Armagh defender Ciaran McKeever, as they lost out to those most local of rivals Clonduff, who are managed by Mark Harte and Adrian O'Donnell, on a 2-11 to 0-16 points scoreline.

The Tyrone Football Championship served up the usual thrills over the weekend. Following on from defending champions Trillick's dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Killyclogher on Friday night, Ardboe were dispatched at the end of extra-time by Dungannon, 0-23 to 2-15.

Errigal Ciaran will meet Dungannon in the semi-final after they came through a typically dogged encounter with Dromore, 0-12 to 0-11.

On Saturday afternoon, Coalisland made it through a real local derby against Derrylaughan on a 1-9 to 1-6 scoreline at Galbally to set up a semi-final against Trillick, a repeat of last year's classic.

Derrygonnelly Harps, chasing six consecutive titles in Fermanagh, were up against old foes Roslea in Enniskillen last night and edged home 0-10 to 0-6 in a low-scoring struggle.

Kinawley scored an expected 2-8 to 1-9 win over Erne Gaels to progress and will now meet the champions in the semi-final.

Earlier in the day, Teemore, now under the player-management of Barry Owens, defeated Tempo in Kinawley. Owens himself, along with Ryan Maguire, netted the decisive goals in a 2-9 to 0-13 win and they meet Ederney in the other semi.

Great survivors Crossmaglen got through some tense closing minutes to beat Killeavy 0-15 to 0-13 in the Armagh semi-final and they will meet Maghery in the decider, who beat Pearse Óg 1-12 to 0-10.

Belfast Telegraph