BBC Sport - Chrissy McKaigue says Slaughtneil 'weren't going to be denied' in Ulster decider

Slaughtneil 'weren't going to be denied'

Captain and man of the match Chrissy McKaigue says Slaughtneil's Ulster Club Hurling Final victory over Loughgiel has consigned their "hard luck stories" to the past.

McKaigue produced a tremendous display as the Slaughtneil held off 2012 All-Ireland champions Loughgiel to become the first Derry club to win the Ulster title as they triumphed 2-14 to 1-13 at Armagh.

The club's hurling stalwart Thomas Cassidy died last week and McKaigue said the team had been determined to honour his memory.

Mr Cassidy's son Eanna lined out in Sunday's game and three of his daughters played in the Ulster Club Camogie Final which was the curtain-raiser at the Athletic Grounds.

"His spirit today lived in all of us. I think so many guys got energised by it," said the Slaughtneil captain, whose side lost the 2013 decider against Loughgiel and were beaten after extra-time by Cushendall in the final 12 months ago.

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