Familiar foes – A pictorial look back at the Loughgiel v Slaughtneil finals

Loughgiel and Slaughtneil will meet again in the Ulster final at Pairc Esler in Newry on Saturday, familiar foes at this stage of the competition.

They first met in the 2015 final at Armagh Athletic Grounds when the Shamrocks came out on top. Team captain Una McNaughton lifting the cup for the Shamrocks.

2016 and the tide was starting to turn. A late goal from a penalty in Armagh earned the Derry champions a second bite of the cherry after a great game. The replay was in Glen, Maghera and it turned out to be another classic. Loughgiel looked like they had done enough but a late Mary Kelly goal saw Slaughtneil make the breakthrough and there has been no stopping them since.

Slaughtneil made the breakthrough in 2016 when they won the replay in Glen after the sides had drawn at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh,

Slaughtneil celebrate their win in 2018 in Armagh.

Title number two came in 2017 when they beat the Shamrocks again, this time at the Athletic Grounds, and though the venue was changed the following year to O’Neill Park in Dungannon the result was still the same, though Loughgiel pushed the All Ireland champions all the way

2019 saw them head back to Armagh where the Emmet’s completed a 4-in-a-row and they made it 5 on the trot in 2020, this time at Pairc Esler.

It took two games to separate them in the 2021 final. The teams tossed for venue, which Loughgiel won and opted for Quinn Park, Ballymena, but the two could not be separated. However when they met again in the replay at Glen, Maghera the Derry girls were just two strong as they took their tally to six.

Slaughtneil won the replay in Glen Maghera last year

They made it seven early this year when they met in Lavey in January. Just a point separated the sides at half time but two early second half goals swung it way of the Derry champions yet again

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