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Ulster champions Slaughtneil meet Antrim champions Dunloy

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Ulster champions Slaughtneil meet Antrim champions Dunloy thumbnail Dunloy joint manager Gregory OíKane has strong county Derry connections on both his mother and fatherís sides

A HUGE crowd will descend on Owenbeg this Sunday at 2.30pm when Derry and Ulster champions Slaughtneil take on newly crowned Antrim kingpins Dunloy.
Last year, Slaughtneil became the first Derry team to claim 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, hailing from Ballycastle, while 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 was 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.

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