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Sean Cavanagh set for 'emotional' return to Croke Park after all

By John Campbell

When Sean Cavanagh left the Croke Park pitch following Tyrone’s defeat to Dublin in last year’s All-Ireland championship, he thought he had played his last game at Headquarters.

But Cavanagh will be back there on Saturday next as part of a Moy Tir na nOg side who will be strongly focussed on taking delivery of the All-Ireland Intermediate Club championship title.

It was in a rugged, tense semi-final against An Ghaeltacht at the week-end that Moy held their nerve to triumph by 1-5 to 0-6.

For Cavanagh in particular, his return to Croke Park is a dream come true.

“The Moy club has gone 35 years without gaining any appreciable success and now here we are in the All-Ireland final,” says Cavanagh, “It’s going to be a very emotional occasion for the whole Moy community.”

It was a goal and a point in injury-time from Harry Loughran in Saturday’s win over An Gaeltacht that did most to keep the Moy dream of All-Ireland glory alive after they had trailed by 0-6 to 0-3 at the start of added time.

Nor is Moy the only Ulster club on the trail of All-Ireland glory. Slaughtneil are back in the camogie final after beating Kilkenny side Thomastown by 0-14 to 0-11 in yesterday’s semi-final.

However, Tyrone side Eglish just failed to make it into the junior final when they lost to Johnstownbridge in their semi-final by 2-5 to 0-9.

And there was disappointment for Ulster in the All-Ireland club hurling championship semi-finals when Middletown lost to Kanturk in the intermediate encounter and Donegal side Setanta fell to Waterford outfit Ardmore by 4-12 to 0-13 in the junior semi-final.

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