Slaughtneil set up final meeting with Dunloy

Ulster Club Senior Hurling Championship semi-final: 

Slaughtneil 2-24 Portaferry 0-11

Reigning Ulster champions Slaughtneil had too much power for Portaferry in Sunday’s Ulster Club Senior hurling semi-final at Corrigan Park, beating the Down champions by nineteen points to set up a final meeting with Dunloy in two weeks’ time

Portaferry made a promising start with a Tom McGratten point in the first minute, and were 0-3 to 0-1 to the good, but they shot some bad wides when on top and Slaughtneil were soon into their stride. The Derry champions dominate from this stage on and were not flattered by their 0-10 to 0-5 lead at half time.

Brian Cassidy fires in Slaughtneil’s opening goal
Substitute Jerome McGuigan fires his shot high into the Portaferry net.

Backed by a strong breeze in the second half it was clear the Ulster champions were not going to be beaten and when centre forward Brian Cassidy fired to an empty net after the Portaferry defence appeared to lose their bearings, the only thing in question was the size of the winning margin.

Substitute Jerome McGuigan added a second goal near the end with a fantastic strike to seal another highly impressive win and they will go into the final against Dunloy in confident mood.

Slaughtneil scorers: Cormac O’Doherty 0-9 (0-9fs), Brian Cassidy 1-7 (0-1f, 0-1 sideline), Shane McGuigan 0-4, Brendan Rogers 0-3, Jerome McGuigan 1-0, Peter McCullagh 0-1.

Portaferry scorers: Conor O’Prey 0-4 (0-1f), Tom McGrattan 0-2, Finn Turpin 0-2, Ronan Blair 0-2 (0-2fs), Daithi Sands 0-1.

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