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Champions on course for fourth successive title

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Champions on course for fourth successive title thumbnailAction from the Senior Championship Semi-Final.

Slaughtneil.............0-13 Glen..............0-06

SLAUGHTNEIL stayed on course for a fourth successive Derry Senior Championship title with an ultimately comfortable victory over Glen in Celtic Park on Sunday.
Game management is the fashionable term for the manner in which Slaughtneil have progressed through the championship in recent seasons and they were at it again on Sunday with Glen never carrying the goal threat they needed to really trouble the champions.
Desite the late change of venue, the torrential rain and generally miserable weather over 4500 attended the game at Celtic Park.
Slaughtneil controlled the first half and the biggest surprise was the found themselves going into the break only one point ahead at 0-4 to 0-3.
Master of game management, Slaughtneil established a 0-4 to 0-1 lead which could and should have been more emphatic and Glen will have been the happier of the two sides despite playing with the wind at their backs in the opening half hour.
Twenty minutes in, Glen were still without a score, Danny Tallon eventually opening their account with a free after Chrissy McKaigue had fouled Emmet Bradley.
By that time, Slaughtneil had done exactly what Slaughtneil do with some tenacious tackling and patient build-up.
The only thing that was missing was their usual clinical efficiency in front of the posts.
Christopher Bradley grabbed their first score on four minutes but spent the remainder of the half trying to detach Glen's Conor Carville from his shirt.
The Watty Graham's man was hardly subtle in his making of the Emmet's forward but it went unnoticed by referee Dan Mullan and his linesmen.

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