Slaughtneil’s late, late show see them crowned Ulster club football champions

Christopher Bradley’s injury-time point proved the difference between the sides.

Christopher Bradley celebrates.

Christopher Bradley celebrates.
Image: Presseye/Kelvin Boyes/INPHO

Slaughtneil (Derry) 1-10

Omagh (Tyrone) 1-9

CHRISTOPHER BRADLEY’S STOPPAGE time point was enough to secure Derry side Slaughtneil their first Ulster senior football title in a hard-fought provincial decider in Armagh’s Athletic Grounds.

With the game heading inexorably towards extra-time, Bradley stood strong to kick his fourth score from play of the afternoon to spark scenes of unbridled joy as Slaughtneil’s fans made their way onto the field at the final whistle.

Though the Derry champions had made the better start to the game – Cormac O’Doherty raising the green flag within 60 seconds of the throw-in – Omagh actually dominated the first half and were good value for their 1-5 to 1-2 half-time lead, Barry Tierney with the maximum for the Tyrone side.

However, Slaughtneil were much the better side after the break and retook the lead ten minutes from the end when Bradley scored his third of the afternoon.

A Ronán O’Neill free on 60 minutes looked to be sending the game to extra-time but Bradley stood up when it counted to hand Slaughtneil their first ever Ulster senior title.

Scorers for Slaughtneil: Cormac O’Doherty 1-2, Christopher Bradley 0-4, , Patsy Bradley 0-1 (0-1f), Gerald Bradley, Barry McGuigan and Ronan Bradley 0-1
Scorers for Omagh: Barry Tierney 1-1, Connor O’Donnell 0-2, Ronán O’Neill 0-2 (0-2f), Cormac O’Neill, Hugh Gallagher Joseph McMahon and Aaron Grugan 0-1.

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