Hurling champs up and running

Hurling champs up and running

Brendan Rogers scored 2-2 for the Derry and Ulster champions.

By Damian Mullan


By Damian Mullan




DERRY and Ulster champions Slaughtneil eased to an opening win of the season at home to understrength Ballinascreen missing among others the experienced ex Derry player John McCloskey.

Slaughtneil welcomed back defender Paul McNeill who missed most of last season with a  shoulder injury. They look unstoppable in Derry but unfortunately there is no Ulster or All Ireland competition  this year due to time constraints.

With 20 minutes gone the winners led 0-6 to 0-4, but whatever was said at the first water break made a difference.

The champions began to create more space and a Brendan Rogers goal began a 3-3 scoring burst inside five minutes and they were 3-13 to 0-4 ahead at the break, with Mark McGuigan and Cormac O'Doherty grabbing the other goals.

Ryan Scullion notched the first score of the second half for Ballinacreen but Rogers' second goal had the home side back on brilliant form,

The powerful Jerome McGuigan was in unstoppable form and bagged two second half goals, but was sent off late on for grabbing Emmet Donnelly's faceguard in a challenge which saw the 'Screen man pick up a yellow card.

SLAUGHTNEIL: Oisin O'Doherty; Karl McKaigue, Sean Cassidy, Paul McNeill; Seán Ó Caiside, Shane McGuigan (0-2), Meehaul McGrath; Conor McAllister (0-2), Chrissy McKaigue (0-2), Cormac O'Doherty (1-10, 1 '65', 6f), Brendan Rogers (2-2), Brian Cassidy (0-3), Jerome McGuigan (2-2), Mark McGuigan (1-1), Sé McGuigan (0-1).

BALLINASCREEN: Martin Mulgrew; Ronan McWilliams, Paul Burns, Johnny McCullagh; Daire Kelly, Niall Doyle, Phily McGlade; Aaron Kelly, Ciaran Doyle (0-1); Charlie Gilmore, Conor McSorley (0-2), Noel Rafferty; Paul Cleary (1-7f), Ryan Scullion (0-1), Reece McSorley.



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