Thursday 18 January 2018

Slaughtneil hail hero boss Moran

Slaughtneil 2-11 Loup 0-6

Sharpshooter: Paul Bradley. Photo: Sportsfile
Sharpshooter: Paul Bradley. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Slaughtneil continued to prove their pedigree in Derry when they defeated Loup by 11 points and made it three senior club football championships in a row.

The defending champions took a firm grip of proceedings almost from the first throw-in and despite facing an unhelpful breeze, ran in with a six point lead at the break.

Free-taker Paul Bradley shouldered the burden of the first half points, while Shane McGuigan accounted for the first goal of the game when he fisted past Thomas Mallon in the 11th minute.

Chrissy McKaigue was highly influential for Slaughtneil in the opening phases while Padraig Cassidy was the key man in a midfield.

Further frees from Paul Bradley and Christopher Bradley stretched the Slaughtneil lead to 1-8 to 0-3 early in the second half.

Two Anthony O'Neill frees reduced Loup's deficit but when Se McGuigan slotted past Thomas Mallon in the 44th minute it was game over.

Further points Paul Bradley, Karl McKaigue and Patsy Bradley stretched Slaughtneil's win to an emphatic one.

Gavin Mallon's point, only his side's second score from play all game, proved to be a late consolation for Loup.

Slaughtneil assistant manager John Joe Kearney summed the occasion up by paying tribute to the manager.

"When Micky Moran came in to take this job for three years I'm sure at some point he thought he would win a championship but to have won three in a row is beyond your wildest dreams," added a delighted Kearney.

Scorers - Slaughtneil: Pl Bradley 0-6 (5fs), S McGuigan 1-1, Se McGuigan 1-0, C McKaigue, K McKaigue and Py Bradley 0-1each Loup: A O'Neill 3fs, T O'Brien 1f, D McVey and G Mallon 0-1 each.

SLAUGHTNEIL - A McMullan, F McEldowney, B Rogers, K McKaigue, P McNeill, C McKaigue, K Feeney, P Bradley, P Cassidy, S McGuigan, P Bradley, M McGrath, C Bradley, S McGuigan, C O'Doherty Subs: P Kelly for C O'Doherty (53), P McGuigan for P Bradley (55), B McGuigan for C Keeney (57), R Bradley for C Bradley (57), P Kearney for P Kelly (B/C)

LOUP - T Mallon, C McVey, D McVey, C McGinley, P Coney, T McVey, J Rocks, T, A McAlynn, A O'Neill, P McVey, B Doyle, C Devlin, P Young, D McVey Subs: G Mallon for B Doyle (H/T), C Devlin for A O'Neill (53), G Doyle for P McVey (54)

Ref - B Quinn

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