By Cahair O’Kane
THEIR current campaign may not yet be over but the bookmakers have already installed three-in-a-row champions Ballinderry as clear favourites to retain the Derry Senior Football Championship in 2014.
Having brought the John McLaughlin Cup back to the loughshore uninterrupted since 2011, the Shamrocks are just 6/4 with some bookmakers to extend their winning run to a fourth season.
More tellingly, there isn’t even a close second favourite. Slaughtneil, Dungiven and Coleraine are joint second favourites and are as far out as 7/1.
Two of those will be under new management, with Mickey Moran taking over the Emmet’s, while Dungiven are under the stewardship of Kevin Madden.
Kilrea, who appeared to be working their way towards a first ever title when they reached the final in 2011 only to fall back since then, are still without a manager for the new season and are out at 15/2.
Interestingly, the bookies aren’t putting much faith in Ballinascreen repeating their 2013 run to the county final. The St. Colm’s side, still under the trio of Marty and Mickey Boyle and Ciaran Meenagh, are at 10/1.
Peter Doherty’s Loup team, Michael O’Kane’s Glenullin and managerless Banagher are next at 14/1, while one of last year’s semi-finalists Lavey are out at 16/1.
Magherafelt, Bellaghy (both 25/1), Steelstown (28/1), Newbridge, Swatragh and newcomers Foreglen (all 50/1) come in well out of the reckoning.
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(Odds from paddypower.com)
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