Slaughtneil in dreamland as they complete Ulster treble

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Slaughtneil in dreamland as they complete Ulster treble thumbnailSlaughtneil captain Francis McEldowney with the cup after winning the Ulster Club Senior Final.

SLAUGHTNEIL...........................0-12 KILCOO..................................0-9

RECORDS are set to be broken but it is doubtful if any club will ever equal or beat the record set by Slaughtneil Emmet's this season. With the Ulster hurling and football titles already in the trophy cabinet, the pressure was on the footballers to complete the treble and they did just that.
They led from start to finish in front of an attendance of just over 9,000 and when captain Francis McEdowney raised the Seamus McFerran Cup, the Slaughtneil supporters and all the others from Derry clubs gave him a rapturous reception.
It was a victory honed on team work, fitness, discipline and skill. Nine of the team had been at the Armagh venue a month ago when they beat Loughgiel in the Ulster hurling final.
Now, with an All Ireland quarter-final away to St Kiernan's in London in two weeks' time, the players won't be taking their eyes off the ball.
Should they progress against the London champions then there is the small matter of two All Ireland semi-finals in hurling and football in February.
The men from the shadow of Carntogher will be equal to any test set in front of them - and don't forget the camogie team who also face an All Ireland semi-final as well.
The brothers and cousins who make up the bulk of the team kept their composure when Kilcoo increased the tempo in the second half. For close on 20 minutes, they held the Derry champions scoreless but there was never any sign of panic.


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