Ballinderry Shamrocks became the first Derry club since Bellaghy in 2000 to claim three county titles in a row after defeating Ballinascreen last weekend.
In doing so the current crop of Shamrocks emulated the Ballinderry side of 1980 to 1982 in securing the John McLaughlin Cup in three consecutive years.
Goals proved crucial in Sunday’s decider with Ballinderry outscoring their St Colm’s opponents three goals to one.
Ballinascreen will be left to rue two penalty misses for the usually reliable Benny Herron but in truth even then it probably wouldn’t have mattered.
Derry panellist Collie Devlin put in a man of the match display for his side kicking five points over the course of the 60 minutes with Darren Lawn, Michael McIver and Daniel McKinless all rattling the ‘Screen net.
Attention has now turned to the Ulster club championship and the loughshore men won’t have long to wait to find out who they will meet in Sunday week’s preliminary round encounter, with the Tyrone county final scheduled for this weekend in Omagh between Carrickmore and Clonoe.
It was a proud moment for many of the Shamrocks players and team with manager Martin McKinless winning his fifth county title in charge of the Shamrocks however he will now be seeking to go on and win an Ulster club title having lost out in recent years. to both Crossmaglen and to Errigal Ciaran.
In the Tyrone championship local sides Stewartstown and Rock both crashed out of the Intermediate championship on Monday evening at the hands of Urney and Eskra respectively.
Stewartstown could have snatched victory late in the game but a Dan Lowe effort was saved on the line by an Urney defender, while Eskra ran riot producing one of the displays of the displays of the Tyrone championship to date to record a comprehensive win.