McShane revelling in underdog role

November 08, 2019

Slaughtneil manager Michael McShane.
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Slaughtneil boss Michael McShane reckons all the pressure is on opponents Dunloy in Sunday's Ulster club SHC final.

The Antrim champions are 1/2 favourites to lift the Seamus McFerran Cup, despite Slaughtneil having won back-to-back provincial titles in 2016 and '17.

“We’re going into the game feeling no pressure at all,” McShane told the Irish News.

“We’re underdogs for a change, we’re always the hot favourites in Derry and we were probably the hot favourites going into the semi-final, but bookies are never far wrong and Dunloy are hot favourites going into this, so we’re going in with the pressure off us.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge ahead. We feel that we’ve prepared very well, we’ve had five weeks concentrating on just hurling after the footballers went out of the [Derry] championship.

“We’ve got the experience of winning two Ulster championships in the last three years. We’d a victory over Dunloy two years ago, so I think the pressure is all on Dunloy.”

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