By Sinéad McGlynn
- Omagh 0-8 v Slaughtneil 0-10
Slaughtneil’s footballers advanced in this Ulster Senior Club Championship thanks to a narrow victory over Tyrone Champions Omagh after a low scoring affair in Celtic Park on Saturday evening.
The Derry Champions took an early lead and were four points to the good with 13 minutes on the clock.
A brace from Chris Bradley and points from Padraig Cassidy and Shane McGuigan giving Slaughtneil the early advantage.
With 15 minutes gone Omagh got off the mark as Conor O’Donnell split the posts. Points from Hugh Gallagher and Conan Grugan soon followed to leave just the minimum separating the sides after 22 minutes.
Chris Bradley and Ciaran McLaughlin then swapped scores before parity was restored when Omagh’s Conor Clarke guided over from close range.
Sé McGuigan struck for Slaughtneil in time added on in the half to leave it a one point game at the interval.
A Shane McGuigan brace early in the second half quickly opened a three point lead for the reigning champions, 0-8 to 0-5 after 34 minutes.
O'Donnell replied from close range for Omagh, two minutes later, as the game remained in the balance.
On 42 minutes the Derry men were dealt a serious blow as Chrissy McKaigue was shown a black card.
Ronan O’Neill and Chris Bradley then grabbed scores for their respective sides as the game headed for the final quarter.
The last fifteen was low scoring but tense with just one score apiece for either side. Captain Joe McMahon on target for the Tyrone men while Shane McGuigan claimed another for Slaughtneil as they held on to deservedly claim victory.