GAA: Slaughtneil hang on to beat dogged Cavan Gaels

Slaughtneil's Christopher Bradley and Cavan Gaels Michael Lyng in action at Sunday's Q-Final.'�Russell Pritchard / Presseye
Slaughtneil's Christopher Bradley and Cavan Gaels Michael Lyng in action at Sunday's Q-Final.'�Russell Pritchard / Presseye
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Slaughtneil 0-11 Cavan Gael 0-9

Slaughtneil survived a late scare before advancing to the Ulster Senior Club semi-final as they secured a two point victory over Cavan champions, Cavan Gaels.

The Breffni side had a late chance to bring the game level but failed to take the opportunity as Seanie Johnson’s free kick sailed wide.

The Robert Emmet’s response was immediate as they broke and secured their place in the last four with a point from Gerard Bradley to seal a two point victory.

Slaughtneil had dominated the opening half of the contest and led the Peter Canavan managed side 0-9 to 0-4 at the interval.

Three changes from Canavan though, changed the complexion of the match.

Slaughtneil had been close to untouchable in the first half with Patsy Bradley dominating the midfield exchanges and the Emmet’s half back line causing the Cavan men plenty of problems.

The Derry champions led at the interval largely due to the accuracy of Paul Bradley who kicked five first half points for his side.

The changes on the Cavan side swung the game however, and Slaughtneil registered just a solitary point in the first 31 minutes of the second half, before Bradley’s late score gave his side some breathing room.

Slaughtneil will now play Clontibert in Sunday’s semi-final at Healy Park, Omagh at 2.30pm.