Slaugh­t­neil turn on the power to storm past bat­tling Kil­car

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - SPORTS - By Fran­cis Mooney

UL­STER cham­pi­ons Slaugh­t­neil are clos­ing in on a third ti­tle in four sea­sons, last night’s ef­fi­cient dis­missal of Kil­car un­der­lin­ing the for­mi­da­ble force that they are. A scor­ing blitz at the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond half blew away a promis­ing chal­lenge from the Done­gal cham­pi­ons at Healy Park, with Sé McGuigan smash­ing home the goal that set the Derry men on their way.

Slaugh­t­neil, with a mix of pos­ses­sion play and long, ac­cu­rate kick-pass­ing, were able to find gaps in a for­ti­fied Kil­car de­fence as they built up a five point lead by the end of the open­ing quar­ter.

Christo­pher Bradley (3) and Cor­mac O’Do­herty, with two points, helped them build a size­able ad­van­tage, but the warn­ing signs were there when the Done­gal men crafted a cou­ple of golden goal chances.

First Paddy McBrearty darted through to bring a fine save from An­tóin McMul­lan, then Karl McKaigue turned a Conor Do­herty shot around a post.

And Kil­car be­gan to de­liver on that prom­ise with a spec­tac­u­lar resur­gence in the fi­nal 12 min­utes of the half, outscor­ing the cham­pi­ons by seven points to one.

McBrearty built up a five points haul, and there were scores from An­drew McClean and Mark McHugh as they went ahead for the first time, lead­ing by 0-8 to 0-7 at the break.

But the Em­mets stepped up the tempo, hit­ting 1-6 in the open­ing 12 min­utes of the sec­ond half, with Sé McGuigan ri­fling home the goal, and broth­ers Chrissy and Karl McKaigue burst­ing through from de­fence to land in­spir­ing scores.

Kil­car were un­able to match the de­sire, tenac­ity and ball re­ten­tion of the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, but Conor Do­herty did force keeper McMul­lan into an­other splen­did save, and they trimmed the deficit with scores from McBrearty, Matthew McClean and Eoin McHugh.

But the masters closed out the game with a sec­ond goal, palmed home by Bradley, and even a ten points haul from McBrearty was nowhere near enough.

UP FRONT: Slaugh­t­neil’s Cor­mac O’Do­herty ahead of Kil­car’s Pau­ric Carr

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