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