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Easy win takes Slaughtneil into semi final

Thursday, 15 December 2016

ST. KIERNAN'S (LONDON)..........0-05 SLAUGHTNEIL (DERRY)..............2-11

SLAUGHTNEIL are through to the semi-final of the All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship after a comfortable victory over St Kiernan's in Greenford, London.
Given the record of London teams at this stage, (they have yet to win) there was just going to be the one result and that was a comprehensive Slaughtneil victory. Granted there were a few times when the previous London champions Tirconaill Gaels did push teams hard enough. The current champions St. Kernan's had won their first London Championship as well as the other three competitions open to them. They did make a promising start to both halves but once Slaughtneil settled, it was pretty much one way traffic for much of the game.
St. Kiernan's, who had a number of London born players on their team, lacked the fitness and cohesion of the Ulster champions who were playing their eighth championship game without conceding a goal. Indeed they have just conceded an average of just under eight points per game and have scored eight goals in return.
It was strange surroundings for Slaughtneil who had previously played in the luxurious surroundings of Owenbeg, Celtic Park and Armagh Athletic Grounds. With the main London ground at Ruislip undergoing improvements, this game was played at the home of Tirconaill Gaels at Greenford. It had a decent surface and all credit to the Londoners they did all they could to accommodate the game. Greenford is a park area with no covered accommodation but the playing area was well sealed off. A crowd of around 2,000 turned up and some arrived with luggage in hand, presumably from Slaughtneil and they just made it in time.

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