GAA Football

Superb Slaughtneil stun favourites St Vincent's, Dublin to reach All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship decider

At the foot of Carntogher Mountain, Slaughtneil GAC's historic triple Ulster Senior Championship captains, Aoife Ni Chaiside, Francis McEldowney and Chrissy McKaigue with the silverware as Derry and Ulster Champions. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin 
From Brendan Crossan in Newry

AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship: Robert Emmet’s, Slaughtneil (Derry) 0-12 St Vincent’s (Dublin) 0-10

THIS was yet another glorious chapter in the seemingly never-ending story of one of the greatest human co-operatives known to man - Robert Emmet's of Slaughtneil.

On Saturday afternoon, Mickey Moran's side dismissed the bookmakers odds and swept aside Dublin kingpins St Vincent’s to reach their second All-Ireland final in three seasons and will face Dr Croke's of Kerry on St Patrick's Day.

The south Derry men shook off their first half nerves to produce a stunning second half display that will live long in the memory.

This was a superb team performance in Newry and Slaughtneil centre-back Chrissy McKaigue was magnificent.

McKaigue was the closest thing to what perfection looks like on a football field.

Robert Emmet's, Slaughtneil (Derry): A McMullan; F McEldowney, B Rodgers, K McKaigue; P McNeill, C McKaigue (0-4), K Feeney; Patsy Bradley, P Cassidy; Shane McGuigan (0-3, 0-2 frees), Paul Bradley (0-2 frees), M McGrath; C Bradley (0-3), Se McGuigan, C O’Doherty

Subs: R Bradley for Se McGuigan (54)

Yellow card: M McGrath (45), C McKaigue (50)

Black card: K McKaigue replaced by B McGuigan (63)

St Vincent’s (Dublin): M Savage; M Concarr, J Curley, C Wilson; B Egan, G Brennan, Cameron Diamond; N Mullins (0-1), S Carthy (0-1); G Burke (0-2), D Connolly (0-1), Cormac Diamond; R Trainor, E Varley (0-5, 0-2 frees), T Quinn

Subs: A Martin for R Trainor (46), K Golden for Cameron Diamond (58), F Breathnach for N Mullins (59)

Yellow cards: E Varley (30), M Concarr (40), D Connolly (47), Cameron Diamond (54), G Brennan (55)

Black cards: Cormac Diamond replaced by J Feeney (51) B Egan replaced by J McCusker (62)

Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon)

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