SLAUGHTNEIL’S incredible season hit new heights in Armagh today as they claimed the Ulster Senior title after a 0-12 to 0-9 win over Kilcoo.
The Robert Emmet’s have now completed the scarcely believable feat of winning provincial titles in football, hurling and camogie.
In a low-scoring but entertaining clash, Mickey Moran’s side made their charge in the second quarter as points from Christopher Bradley, Chrissy McKaigue, Shane McGuigan and Cormac O’Doherty gave them a 0-9 to 0-5 interval lead.
Kilcoo fought back to bring the margin back to a point in the second half, but late scores from Shane McGuigan and Paul Bradley secured the win for Slaughtneil.
Meanwhile, it was a glorious day for Tyrone club football at Pairc Esler this afternoon as both Pomeroy and Rock secured Ulster titles.
The two Tyrone-Monaghan battles on show went very differently, but by the end of play both trophies were heading back to the Red Hand county.
In the first match, Rock recorded a 1-12 to 0-14 win over Blackhill after extra-time to win their third Ulster Junior title.
The St Patrick’s men trailed 0-5 to 0-4 after a disappointing first half, but they improved considerably after the interval with Conor McCreesh and Aidan McGarrity prominent.
They looked set for the win as a McGarrity free put them two points up in the 59th minute with Hugh Byrne receiving a red card for Blackhill, but scores from Aaron Kenny and Dermot Daly, in the seventh minute of injury time, ensured that extra-time was required.
McGarrity’s quick-fire 1-1 put Adrian Nugent’s side in control, but Blackhill fought back and a superb Ciaran Gourley block in the closing seconds was needed secured a one-point win for Rock.
There was no such drama for Pomeory as they eased their way to a 2-16 to 0-10 win over Monaghan outfit Donaghmoyne in the Intermediate final.
Christopher Colhoun’s low, driven goal in the 16th minute had given them a 1-5 to 0-5 advantage as the break, but the Plunkett’s completely dominated the second half hour.
They had stretched their advantage to eight points when Frank Burns grabbed their second goal six minutes from time to put the result beyond doubt.
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