DERRY CHAMPIONS SLAUGHTNEIL HOPING TO DESTROY CLONTIBRET’S ULSTER CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

15 November 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

CLONTIBRET V SLAUGHTNEIL

champions, Slaughtneil Robert Emmets meet in Healy Park, Omagh, on Sunday to see which of them will contest this year’s final AIB Ulster Club Senior Football Championship Final against either St Eunan’s of Donegal or the Tyrone champions Omagh St. Enda’s. Clontibret last reached the final of the Ulster club senior football championship 20 years ago this year, back in 1994 when they lost narrowly to Derry’s side Bellaghy in Armagh.

Slaughtneil on the other hand are seeking to reach their first ever Ulster club final and they will be aware that Derry clubs have a very strong record in the competition with names like Bellaghy, Newbridge, Ballinderry, Loup and Lavey all tripping easily off the tongue in talk of great finals of the past and previous winners.

That final appearance in 1994 apart though Clontibret have struggled to make an impression on the other occasions in which they went forward as Monaghan champions and newcomers Slaughtneil will be aware of that and will take great heart from the manner in which they got over the challenge of Cavan Gaels on Sunday last, although they were living rather dangerously at the end of a game that they could have and probably should have wrapped up much earlier.

Clontibret have certainly moved up the ratings after the manner in which they have progressed through this year’s competition. They were underdogs going into the final of the Monaghan senior football championship attempting to avoid a hat-trick of defeats in successive finals and they achieved that with a battling second-half performance against Scotstown.

Down champions Kilcoo were favourites going into the preliminary round of the Ulster club championship but Clontibret showed great resolve to eke ……..

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