Ulster Club Football final: Slaughtneil and Kilcoo to do battle at Armagh

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Kilcoo aim to prevent Slaughtneil completing a unique treble of Ulster club GAA titles
Ulster Club Senior Football Final: Slaughtneil v Kilcoo
Venue: Athletic Grounds, Armagh Date: Sunday 27 November Throw-in: 14:30 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Ulster 1341 MW and the BBC Sport website from 14:00

Slaughtneil aim to complete a unique treble of Ulster senior club titles but a talented Kilcoo side will stand in their way in Sunday's football decider at the Athletic Grounds.

The Derry side have already landed this season's provincial senior hurling and camogie titles.

Victory on Sunday would see Slaughtneil earning a second Ulster football title in three years.

Kilcoo are in their second final after losing to Crossmaglen in 2012.

On that occasion, Kilcoo were undone by a dismal start but four years on, they appear a much more savvy outfit.

After clinching a fifth successive Down title in September with a 3-11 to 0-8 win over Clonduff, Kilcoo then edged out last year's beaten Ulster finalists Scotstown 1-8 to 0-9 in the provincial preliminary round to immediately mark them out as strong contenders.

Kilcoo then comfortably saw off Michael Murphy and his Glenswilly team-mates 1-12 to 1-6 in the last eight before thumping Maghery 4-13 to 0-12 in the semi-finals.

Paul McIver's side have shown that they can win in different ways.

Chrissy McKaigue battles with Loup's Paul McVey in the Derry football final in October
Chrissy McKaigue is among a large contingent of dual stars in the Slaughtneil side

They had to hang on in the early stages against Scotstown before substitute Ryan Johnston's goal helped them earn a deserved victory against the highly-fancied Monaghan outfit.

Kilcoo also had to come from behind early on against Glenswilly but Johnston's first-half goal put them in control against Maghery, with Ceilum Doherty hitting two of their second-half goals as they cut loose.

Johnston has been a key player in the Ulster campaign right from the moment he came on against Scotstown, with Conor Laverty and free-taker Paul Devlin also producing a series of energetic displays.

However, Slaughtneil will almost certainly be a step up for Kilcoo as the Derry champions attempt to go all the way to another All-Ireland decider after feeling they didn't do themselves justice on St Patrick's Day against Corofin in 2015.

Chrissy McKaigue is the shiniest jewel among Slaughtneil's large contingent of dual players.

Other key players include the Bradleys, Patsy, Paul and Christopher plus the McGuigan brothers Se and Shane and Derry star Brendan Rogers.

Paul Bradley hit five points in their impressive semi-final win over a highly-rated Killyclogher outfit which came after a low-key 0-12 to 0-7 quarter-final victory over Derrygonnelly.

Probably the big tactical question heading into Sunday's is whether Kilcoo's relatively light and mobile side will be able to handle Slaughtneil's brawn.

A bogged down battle in the middle third of the field will surely favour the Derry champions but if Kilcoo can prevent that, they will have a great chance of clinching victory.

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