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Ulster champions Slaughtneil meet Antrim champions Dunloy

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Ulster champions Slaughtneil meet Antrim champions Dunloy thumbnailDunloy go into this weekend’s game with Slaughtneil fresh from lifting the Antrim Senior Hurling Championship title

A HUGE crowd will descend on Owenbeg on Sunday at 2.30pm when Derry and Ulster champions Slaughtneil take on newly crowned Antrim title winners Dunloy.
Last year Slaughtneil became the first Derry team to take this title when they beat Loughgiel in a thriller at Armagh by 2-14 to 1-13.
We now have the strange situation where a Derry club team is slight favourites to beat one from Antrim in a club championship game.
To add another bit of intrigue to the situation the Slaughtneil manager Michael McShane is an Antrim man and the Dunloy joint manager Gregory O'Kane has strong County Derry connections.
His father Paddy is a former Ballerin player and his mother Pauline from Drumsurn is the sister of former Derry and Ulster footballer Joe Irwin who as also an excellent hurler with Dungiven and Derry.
While Slaughtneil were favourites to win the Derry title for a fifth successive year, Dunloy came out of the blue to win the Volunteer Cup in Antrim.
They hammered Ballycastle in the semi-final and shocked hot favourites Cushendall in the final.
Two late goals brought Cushendall to within six points of the Cuchulliains but in truth the youthful Dunloy side were never really troubled.

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