McGuigan attends brother's wedding, then seals All Ireland final place for Slaughtneil
Slaughtneil 1-14 Austin Stacks 2-10
Barry McGuigan attended his brother's wedding yesterday but showed no ill-effects today as he spearheaded Slaughtneil to the All Ireland Club Championship final with victory over Austin Stacks.
"I left it around nine o'clock and got down here around half one last night," he revealed. "My uncle Johnny, the club chairman, drove myself and my brother Se down."
The Ulster men put in a brilliant performance to see off Kieran Donaghy and his Stacks team-mates in a thrilling semi-final in O'Moore Park.
McGuigan bagged a vital first-half goal as Slaughtneil bounced back after conceding two early goals to level the scores - 2-5 to 1-8 - going into the break.
Slaughtneil had the better of it after the break and they kicked six second-half points to Stacks' five to set up an All Ireland final against Corofin who beat reigning champions St Vincent's yesterday.
Scorers - Slaughtneil: B McGuigan 1-1, P Bradley 0-4 (4f), G Bradley and C Bradley 0-2 each, C Cassidy, C McKaigue, Patsy Bradley, Padraig Bradley and C O'Doherty 0-1 each.
Austin Stacks: P McCarthy 2-1 (2 pen), S Carroll 0-4 (3f), D Mannix 0-2 (1f), G Horan, K Donaghy and S O'Callaghan 0-1 each.
Slaughtneil - A McMullan; B Rodgers (Capt), C McKaigue, K McKaigue; C Cassidy, B McGuigan, F McEldowney; P Bradley, P McGuigan; P Kelly, C Bradley R Bradley; G Bradley, P Bradley, C O'Doherty. Subs - S McGuigan for Gerald Bradley (52), P Cassidy for C Bradley (61).
Austin Stacks - D O'Brien; F MacNamara, B Shanahan (Capt), R Shanahan; P McCarthy, C Jordan, D McElligot; W Guthrie, G Horan; M Collins, S Carroll, D Bohan; D Mannix, K Donaghy, S O'Callaghan. Subs - F Mangan for Collins (half-time), W Kirby for Bohan (39).
Referee - D Gough (Meath).