By Paul McIntyre
O’Neill’s Sportswear Derry Senior Football Championship Quarter final
Slaughtneil 0-15 Glen 0-12
A Shane McGuigan inspired Slaughtneil advanced to the semi-finals of the Derry senior football championship following a three point win over neighbours Glen. It was an absorbing contest played in glorious sunshine that had the crowd in Celtic Park on tenterhooks until Barry Cassidy’ full time whistle.
In truth Glen didn’t really do a whole lot wrong, particularly Ryan Dougan who was tasked with keeping the most dangerous forward in Derry football at bay, but there was to be no stopping McGuigan as he went on to land nine points over the hour.
The game started at a frantic pace and the teams equally shared four points in the first five minutes before Slaughtneil opened up a two point lead through Christopher Bradley and Keelan Feeney.
Connlan Bradley saved smartly from Corma O’Doherty to ensure Slaughtneil didn’t extend their lead further following great approach play from Shane McGuigan and at half time the gap remained at two points as the teams turned around with Slaughtneil ahead, 0-10 to 0-8.
Glen started the second half with the greater intent and two points from Alex Doherty and one from Emmet Bradley shot the Watty Graham’s into a one point lead after 33 minutes.
From here Slaughtneil took control of the scoreboard and Shane McGuigan went on to kick the games next five points all from play. Glen had no answer to whatever McGuigan had to offer as well as his supporting cast of O’Doherty and Christopher Bradley.
There was a late Glen flourish, but when a goal chance presented itself for Emmet Bradley, he could only fist the ball straight at Slaughtneil keeper Antoin McMullan. Instead they had to settle for one more Danny Tallon point as their neighbours avenged last year’s semi-final defeat and set up a clash with Ballinderry Shamrocks this coming weekend.
Man of the Match: Shane McGuigan. Head and shoulders above anyone else on the pitch and there was nothing Glen could do or could’ve done to stop him in his tracks. Nine points over the hour with seven from play. Says it all really.
Teams and Scorers:
Slaughtneil: A. McMullan, P. Kearney, B. Rogers, C. McAllister, P. McNeill (0-1), C. McKaigue, K. Feeney (0-1), P. Bradley, P. Cassidy, S. Cassidy, C. O’Doherty, M. McGrath, C. Bradley (0-3), S. McGuigan (0-9 2f), B. Cassidy.
Subs: Sé McGuigan for B. Cassidy (51), R. Bradley for S. Cassidy (55), F. McEldowney for C. McAllister (57), P. McGuigan for C. O’Doherty (62).
Glen: C. Bradley, R. Dougan, E. Mulholland, O. Hegarty, J. Doherty (0-1), C. Carville (0-1), E. Doherty, C. McDevitt, E. Bradley (0-1f), D. Tallon 0-4 3f), C. McFaul (0-1), C. Mulholland (0-1), C. McGuckin, A. Doherty (0-3), P. Gunning.
Subs: M. Warnock for E. Mulholland (17), O. McGill for O. Hegarty (HT), C. Convert for J. Doherty (HT), C. McCabe for C. McDevitt (49), S. O’Hara for A. Doherty (53).
Referee: Mr Barry Cassidy (Bellaghy)