AN ON-SLAUGHT DOESN'T STOP DERRY CRACKS; AIB ULSTER CLUB SFC QUARTER-FINALS.
Byline: ORLA BANNON
Slaughtneil (Der) 0-11
Cavan Gaels (Cav) 0-9
SLAUGHTNEIL withstood a strong second-half comeback from Cavan Gaels to book their place in the semi-finals of the Ulster club Championship.
The Derry champions led 0-9 to 0-4 at the break in Owenbeg but they lost their way after a triple substitution by Peter Canavan at half-time brought Cavan Gaels back into the match.
The visitors trailed by a point - 0-10 to 0-9 - as the game entered injury-time and former Cavan forward Seanie Johnston missed a 35m free which might have taken the game to extratime.
Johnston had kicked five frees from five attempts but his testing kick from the wrong side for a right-footed kicker trailed wide and Gerald Bradley broke down the field and kicked the insurance point for Slaughtneil.
The Derry side completely bossed the first-half and deserved to lead by more than five points at the break.
Christopher Bradley missed an open goal after nine minutes but they looked to be in control. Patsy Bradley and Paudie McGuigan dominated g midfield, and the influential Chrissy McKaigue got the better of his battle with Michael Lyng.
Christopher Bradley, Paul Bradley and Ronan Bradley all scored from play as the Derry champions reeled off four points in a row.
Cavan Gaels were transformed in the second half following the triple substitution.
County forward Martin Dunne joined Johnston up front and Paul Graham bolstered them around the middle third.
Slaughtneil had to wait until the 47th minute for their first score of the second half and it was a dubious one - with referee Martin McNally consulting his umpires and a linesman before awarding the score.
Cavan Gaels clawed their way back to within a point with scores from Niall Murray and Paul Graham points, followed by a Johnston free, but the equaliser never came.
SLAUGHTNEIL: C Bradley (0-3), R Bradley (0-1); G Bradley (0-1), Paul Bradley (0-5, 3f), S McGuigan (0-1) CAVAN GAELS: N Murray (0-1); D Meehan (0-1, f), S Johnston (0-6, 5f), P Graham (0-1). SCORERS
ACTION MEN Chris McKaigue, left, and Barry McGuigan