Ulster SHC: Slaughtneil ease past Middletown 1-17 to 0-8 in club semi-final

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Slaughtneil comfortably see off Middletown 1-17 to 0-8 to reach the Ulster Hurling final

Slaughtneil eased past Armagh champions Middletown 1-17 to 0-8 in their Ulster semi-final at the Athletic Grounds.

The seven-in-a-row Derry champions led 1-09 to 0-5 at the break, Se McGuigan scoring the only goal after 25 minutes.

Slaughtneil will face Dunloy in the provincial decider after the Antrim champions defeated Ballycran 2-23 to 0-11 in Sunday's second semi-final.

Dunloy's last final appearance was in 2009 while Slaughtneil are aiming for a third Ulster title in four seasons.

Ballycran defeated Slaughtneil in the semi-finals last year.

A totally dominant Slaughtneil raced into a 0-8 to 0-1 lead after 15 minutes and Cormac O'Doherty landed seven points in the opening half hour.

McGuigan shot low into the net for the only goal of the game after goalkeeper Fintan Woods spilled the ball into his path after trying to collect Gerald Bradley's lobbed high ball.

It took Middletown 30 minutes to register a score from play - from the stick of David Carvill, who had chipped in with four earlier frees.

Within 20 seconds of the re-start Brian Cassidy pilfered another point from open play and the seven-in-a-row pushed on to win at a canter with the help of neat scores from Brendan Rogers and Gerald Bradley.

Middletown had suffered a further setback in the 50th minute when they lost free taker Carvill to a second yellow card.

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