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Slaughtneil and Dungiven are pushing for double joy

By John Campbell

Two clubs each confronted by the inviting prospect of landing a dual code title double in Derry hope to take a step closer towards this achievement on Sunday.

Slaughtneil and Dungiven will meet in the county senior hurling championship final at Owenbeg and a week later they will square up to each other again in a senior football championship semi-final replay.

With both teams boasting several high-profile county players, the hurling final promises to provide a feast of action.

Slaughtneil beat Ballinascreen in the semi-finals and with Brendan Rodgers in particularly hot form, their chances of totting up a healthy score look good.

But Slaughtneil are far from being a one-trick pony. The McKaigues Chrissy and Karl, Oisin O'Doherty and Frankie Kelly are other key players in their side while Dungiven will look to the Hinphey brothers Liam and Kevin and Paddy McCloskey to fire up their title bid.

Dungiven looked impressive in overcoming Swatragh at the semi-final stage but will feel they can improve further.

Meanwhile, the Down senior hurling championship final on Sunday will see Ballycran and Portaferry cross swords.

Portaferry surged to a handsome 2-25 to 1-8 win over Ballygalget in the semi-final and their battery of experienced players are ready to once again provide momentum for the decider.

Ballycran, though, will also be underpinned by a substantial platoon of seasoned players, some of whom showed fine form in Down's colours earlier this year.

Scott Nicholson has morphed into an imposing midfield player while Conor Woods is a solid defensive anchor. Both can prove pivotal with Nicholson still revealing his inherent ability pick off scores even though he is playing in a more outfield role.

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