Coleraine's hopes of defending their Derry SFC title have received a boost with the return to action of Niall Holly.

The midfielder was carried off in the latter stages of Coleraine's defeat to Scotstown in last November's Ulster semi-final with a shoulder injury.

He came on as a substitute in the final stages of the club's senior hurling league game at home to Slaughtneil on Thursday night.

Eoghan Rua led for the entire game until a late Sean Ó Caiside goal, in stoppage time, snatched the points for the Emmet's.

Initially Sean McGoldrick indicated Holly, a target for Derry senior manager Damian McErlain, would not be back until the second-half of the league.

The footballers remain unbeaten and travel to Gulladuff on Sunday, in a repeat of last season's county final.

It will be the final game until the league resumes in July.

Pic: Jim Dunne.

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