GAA round-up: Slaughtneil relinquish Ulster title while Crossmaglen march on
Last year’s beaten All-Ireland club finalists Slaughtneil from Derry have surrendered their Ulster title to Monaghan champions Scotstown in Clones.
Monaghan inter county player Darren Hughes hit the all-important goal as the home side prevailed by three points against the title holders whose hurling team were beaten in the Ulster club final after extra time last Sunday.
Meanwhile, perennial Ulster favourites Crossmaglen Rangers fell 0-4 to no score behind in the first quarter against Antrim champions Cargin. However, the Armagh side eventually ran out comfortable winners by 2-15 to 0-13.
Match of the day in Ulster saw Tyrone’s champions Trillick squeeze past Donegal title holders Noamh Conaill from Glenties. Trillick’s second goal scored just before the break proved the decisive score. The Donegal champions staged a spirited second half comeback but Trillick survived to book a place in the semi-final.
In the other quarter final tie Down champions Kilcoo hammered their Cavan counterparts Kingscourt running out 19 point winners.
Favourites Oulart the Ballagh from Wexford were given a big scare in Portlaoise by Clough Ballacolla in the Leinster club hurling quarter final. But goals in the second half from Rory Jacob (penalty) and David Redmond eventually saw them over the line.
In the other quarter final Westmeath’s Clonkill hit four goals to see off the challenge of Carlow champions St Mullins.
In the Munster club football championship Clonmel Commercials made it into the semi-final when they defeated Newcastlewest from Limerick.
Ulster Club SF
Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) 2-15; Cargin (Antrim) 0-13 Kilcoo (Down) 3-15; Kingscourt (Cavan) 0-5 Trillick (Tyrone) 2-9; Naomh Conaill 1-11 Scotstown (Monaghan) 1-15; Slaughtneil (Derry) Munster Club SF Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary) 0-12; Newcastlewest (Limerick) 1-7
Leinster Club SH
Oulart the Ballagh (Wexford) 3-8; Clough Ballacolla (Laois) 0-13 Clonkill (Westmeath) 4-9; St Mullin’s (Carlow) 0-9.