Tuesday 23 January 2018

Bradley leads Slaughtneil rampage

Slaughtneil 4-13 Derrygonnelly 1-4

Three first-half goals enabled Slaughtneil to begin their Ulster defence with an easy preliminary round win
Three first-half goals enabled Slaughtneil to begin their Ulster defence with an easy preliminary round win
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Three first-half goals enabled Slaughtneil to begin their Ulster defence with an easy preliminary round win.

The dual club, who'll have 13 players contesting the Ulster hurling final against Cushendall on Sunday, never looked in any trouble against Fermanagh champions Derrygonnelly.

They led by 3-3 to 1-3 at the break, with Derrygonnelly only scoring one point in the second half and finishing the game with 14 men after the dismissal of Erne midfielder Conal Jones.

"We pulled away and the goals were the difference," said Slaughtneil assistant manager John Joe Kearney.

Cormac O'Doherty's goal after 52 seconds, after Se McGuigan's shot was blocked down, gave Slaughtneil the dream start in front of 2,045 in Owenbeg. Christopher 'Sammy' Bradley drilled home a second goal in the seventh minute.

Derrygonnelly hit back in the eighth minute with a much-needed goal. When a free was brought forward, the quick-thinking Paul Ward trotted forward and buried the ball from 13 metres with the Slaughtneil defence sleeping.


Chrissy McKaigue scored from the wing for the game's opening point in the tenth minute but Derrygonnelly, despite hitting seven first-half wides, stayed in the game with points from Declan Cassidy and Paul Ward.

Slaughtneil's third goal just before half-time was the killer score, with O'Doherty passed across the square to 'Sammy' Bradley, who tapped the ball home from close range.

Despite Ronan Bradley's black card early in the second half, Slaughtneil were in total command and slung over points from Padraig Kelly, Barry McGuigan and 'Sammy' Bradley.

After being sent off in the Fermanagh final last week, Jones was dismissed again, this time for two yellow cards, with 10 minutes remaining.

Karl McKaigue scored a spectacular fourth goal to put the gloss on an emphatic win.

The footballers resume their provincial campaign with a last eight tie against Monaghan champions Scotstown on November 1.

Scorers - Slaughtneil: C Bradley 2-3 (0-1f), C O'Doherty 1-2, K McKaigue 1-0, Paul Bradley 0-3 (2fs), C McKaigue, B McGuigan, P Kelly, S McGuigan, Patsy Bradley 0-1 each. Derrygonnelly : P Ward 1-1, L Jones 0-2fs, D Cassidy 0-1.

Slaughtneil - A McMullan; Francis McEldowney, B Rodgers, K McKaigue; P McNeill, C McKaigue, B McGuigan; Patsy Bradley, P Cassidy; P Kelly, Paul Bradley, R Bradley; C Bradley, S McGuigan, C O'Doherty. Subs: S Cassidy for R Bradley (BC, 35), Fergal McEldowney for Kelly (50), C Cassidy for B McGuigan (50), P Kearney for Francis McEldowney (54).

Derrygonnelly - D Feely; M Jones, T Daly, E McHugh; D Greene, S Burns, G McGinley; Shane McGullion, R Jones; D Cassidy, P Ward, G Jones; L Jones, Stephen McGullion, C Jones. Subs: M Cassidy for Shane McGullion (39), G McKenna for G Jones (39), N Gallagher for D Greene (45), J McGurn for Stephen McGullion (54), R Leonard for Burns (54), N Gilleece for L Jones (57).

REF - M McNally (Monaghan).

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