Slaughtmanus v Foreglen
Referee: Tommy Quigley, Lissan)
Dean McGlinchey Park,
This should be an exciting contest between two sides who have been registering big scores althougth would be fair to say that Slaughtmanus have had the much easier passage of the two in reaching this stage of the Championship.
They met bottom of the league Doire Trasna in their first game and won 1-16 to 1-10 without being overly impressive. In their next game they were very unlucky to lose to Swatragh by 1-09 to 0-11. Then came a couple of demolition jobs, the first a rout against Claudy at Celtic Park by 3-14 to 0-05 and then it was 3-13 to 0-09 against Drumsurn, making them far and away the highest scoring team in the championship to date.
Foreglen scored a very good win over a fancied Newbridge team by 1-13 to 1-11 at Ballerin. In their next game they were squeezed out by a very defensive Castledawson team in a low scoring affair by 1-08 to 2-03.
They got back in the groove against Ogra Colmcille, winning comfortably by 0-18 to 1-07. They were not at their best against Faughanvale in the quarter final but, after trailing for much of the game, they put in a strong finish to win by 0-13 to 1-6.
This will be a good game between two well matched teams, Slaughtmanus may have a physical advantage but Foreglen have the speed and some very good forwards in Kevin O’Connor, Niall McFeely and Nigel Bradley.
In the middle of the field Darren O’Kane is a superb footballer and will surely get his chance at a higher level some day.
Defensively they are solid and it takes the excellent centre half Oisin Duffy (pictured battling against Donegal’s Michael Murphy in anUlster Under 21 Championship game in 2010) to do a lot of covering but that said Cathal O’Hara and Conrad Sheerin are tight markers.
Slaughtmanus are very good at building their attacks from the back and in the middle of the field John Robertson and Barry Lyons form a very strong midfield pairing. Gavin McShane and Ryan Barr are very good free takers up front.
A strong case can be made for both sides in what should be an open, even high-scoring encounter. If Foreglen can get a foothold at midfield they might edge it, if not Slaughtmanus might have the greater scoring threat.