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Mary Kelly goal puts Slaughtneil into history

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Mary Kelly goal puts Slaughtneil into history thumbnailJoint captains Aoife Ni Chaiside and Clare McGrath hold aloft the trophy after Slaughtneil won the Ulster senior title on Saturday.

SLAUGHTNEIL (DERRY)..............1-8 LOUGHGIEL (ANTRIM)..............0-5

THEY had already won the Ulster hurling title.
Now, they have won the camogie and, with the footballers into the last four of the Ulster championship, it's all happening for Slaughtneil.
Backboned by the three Cassidy sisters whose father passed away two weeks ago, the Slaughtneil girls kept up the pressure on the holders.
In front of a large crowd there were emotional scenes when the final whistle sounded at the end of a wall to wall thriller that could have gone either way.
Loughgiel looked to be in a solid position when they led going into the closing stages. Louise Dougan had a 25 metre free and, with most expecting her to go for goal, she tapped the ball over the bar.
Eilis ni Caiside added a point and then Mary Kelly was in the right place at the right time to hand pass the ball past Loughgiel goalie Mary Coyle only to see the goal disallowed for over carrying.
Mary Kelly made sure the next time when she took a Louise Dougan pass to find the net as Loughgiel succumbed to the pressure.
With Rachel McCarry ever dangerous and getting a goal the Antrim girls enjoyed a 1-2 to 0-3 interval lead.
Last year, Loughgiel had edged out Slaughtneil in the final but with former manager Thomas Cassidy in their minds the Derry champions were determined to finish on the right side of the result this time.

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