Slaughtneil and Ballygalget to contest Ulster SHC final
REIGNING Ulster senior hurling champions Slaughtneil will face Ballygalget in this year’s decider after the Derry and Down kingpins both advanced through their respective semi-finals this afternoon.
After a shaky start, when they fell 1-4 to 0-1 behind, the Derry side ran out 1-18 to 2-8 winners against Dunloy at Owenbeg. A Brendan Rogers goal sent the eventual winners into the changing rooms with a 1-9 to 1-5 lead. On the resumption Slaughtneil were always able to keep their opponents at bay, and added a further 0-9.
The Ardsmen were much easier winners against Lisbellaw of Fermanagh, as they made the final on a 2-26 to 0-8 score line after their tussle at Corrigan Park.
Meanwhile, Lavey and Middletown will meet in this year's Ulster IHC final after beating Patrick Sarsfields and Eire Og Carrickmore respectively.
Cavan Gaels were crowned Cavan SFC champions for the 14th time, with their 0-13 to 0-8 defeat of Castlerahan condemning the losers to a third consecutive final defeat.
Seanie Johnston was named man-of-the-match for the town side, with the 0-5 contribution from the Cavan star being the difference between the two teams at the conclusion. Cian Mackey missed a first half penalty for Castlerahan, who also had Cormac Daly and Stephen Cooney dismissed in injury-time. The Gaels, who were repeating their 2011 defeat of the Ballyjamesduff outfit were, however, deserved winners.
In Tyrone, Moy claimed their first Intermediate football championship title since 1982, after they overcame Derrylaughan by a single point on a 2-5 to 1-7 score line. Harry Loughran grabbed both goals for the winners.
Rostrevor ended an even longer wait as they clinched the Down Intermediate football championship for the first time in their history. They were four point winners (1-10 to 1-6) against Annaclone in Pairc Esler.