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Slaughtneil book their All-Ireland final passage

Slaughtneil 3-8 - Burgess Duharra 3-6

By Colm Shalvey

Slaughtneil started a momentous few weeks on a high when their camógs qualified for the All-Ireland Club Senior Final with an exciting win over Burgess/Duharra in Inniskeen yesterday.

Spurred on by a huge support, the Derry club led from start to finish as they turned over Tipperary opposition; hitting 3-7 from play in an impressive performance.

Shannon Graham moved the Ulster champions five points clear, but Burgess/Duharra got up and running when Eimear McDonnell found the net.

McDonnell quickly added a point, but Therese Mellon and Graham responded to give Slaughtneil a 1-4 to 1-1 lead at half-time.

Eilís Ní Chaiside created another Slaughtneil goal, which was well taken by Denise McGuigan. Sinéad Mellon put six between the teams, but after McDonnell had a shot saved by Jolene Bradley, Grace converted a '45' and she then powered through for a goal at the end of a fine move started by Trishy O'Halloran.

Siobhán McKaigue's final point and some strong defending saw Slaughtneil through to the final against Sarsfields from Galway. An All-Ireland final also awaits for Eglish after the Tyrone side edged their Intermediate semi-final against Gailltír (Waterford) by 1-5 to 1-4.

Slaughtneil: J Bradley; J McMullan, B Ní Chaiside, Dervlagh McGuigan; G O'Kane, A Ní Chaiside, C McGrath; Denise McGuigan (1-0), S Graham (0-2); S McKaigue (0-1), E Ní Chaiside, L Dougan (0-1f); M Kelly (1-1), S Mellon (0-1), T Mellon (1-2). Sub: B McAllister for O'Kane (52)

Burgess/Duharra: C Holohan; E King, A Egan; K O'Flaherty, T O'Halloran, M Moloney; Caoimhe Maher, R Barry; Ciardha Maher, J Grace (1-4, 0-3f, 0-1 '45), C McKeogh; T Kennedy, E McDonnell (2-2), A Kennedy. Sub: U Quigley for Egan (36).

Referee: R Kelly (Kildare).

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