Last-gasp Bradley goal secures title for Slaughtneil

Slaughtneil 1-8 Ballinderry 0-9

Derry SFC final: Ulster champions Ballinderry were dethroned by a last-minute goal as Slaughtneil claimed their second ever Derry championship title.

Gerald Bradley rose highest from Christopher Bradley’s last-gasp sideline ball to flick past Mickey Conlan, who couldn’t keep the ball from squirming over the line.

It put Slaughtneil in front for the first time, but it would be hard to argue that they didn’t deserve at least a draw from a gritty encounter.

Ballinderry led just before the interval by 0-7 to 0-3 but Chrissy McKaigue fired over in first-half stoppage time to bring Slaughtneil to within a single score.

The Shamrocks scored just twice in the second half, both from frees, but for most of it they were able to keep Mickey Moran’s team at arm’s length.

They finally drew level with five minutes to play through a fourth Padrig Kelly score that made it 0-8 apiece.

Collie Devlin looked to have broken their hearts for a fourth time in eight years when he put Ballinderry back in front but Gerald Bradley intervened in the dying seconds to snatch a stunning victory for the Emmets.

BALLINDERRY: M Conlan; R Scott, G McKinless, K McGuckin; R Wilson, C Nevin, D Lawn; J Conway, E Muldoon; R Wilkinson (0-2), C Devlin (0-3f), D McGuckin; A Devlin, R Bell, C Gilligan (0-3f)

Subs: D McKinless (0-1) for A Devlin (black card, 26), M McIver for Lawn (46), D Conway for R Wilkinson (57)

SLAUGHTNEIL: A McMullan; P Kearney, B Rogers, Francis McEldowney; K McKaigue, C McKaigue, B McGuigan; Patsy Bradley, P McGuigan; P Kelly (0-4, 0-2f), C Bradley (0-2), R Bradley; G Bradley (1-0), Paul Bradley (0-1f), S McGuigan

Subs: C Cassidy for Kearney (HT), C O’Doherty for S McGuigan (48), P Cassidy for R Bradley (55)

Referee: A Campbell.

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