Kilcoo surprise Mayobridge

Kilcoo 2 - 8 Mayobridge 1 - 8
Published Sunday, 21 October 2012
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A resilient Kilcoo side withstood a late surge from Mayobridge to hold on and win the Down Senior Championship Final 2 - 8 to 1 - 8 in front of a packed crowd at Pairc Esler in Newry on Sunday.

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Kilcoo, who started the game as underdogs, got an early goal thanks to defensive errors from Mayobridge full-back Kevin McClorey and keeper Shealon Strain which allowed danger man Conor Laverty to find the net.

Laverty produced a good performance throughout the game and was a marked man by the Mayobridge defence - evident by the heavy tackles flying in.

Although Kilcoo finished the first half ahead on 1 - 05 to 0 - 05, Mayobridge did have possession but struggled to crack their back line.

Kilcoo got their second goal just 10 minutes into the second half, thanks to Niall McAvoy's long ball and Phelim McGreevy's hand which palmed the ball into the net.

Like the first goal, keeper Strain could have done better.

Kilcoo paid a lot of attention to Mayobridge star Benny Coulter, but he struggled to make the kind of impact we're used to seeing when he plays county football for Down.

Late pressure from Mayobridge resulted in a goal from substitute Kevin O'Rourke, as well as a point from Ronan Sexton reducing the gap to three points.

Mayobridge continued to push forward but a wasted free from Noel Sexton in the dying minutes ended their hopes of a draw and replay.

Paul Devlin was awarded man of the match after a performance that included four points.

Kilcoo will now face Monaghan champions Ballybay in Clones on 4 November.

In the curtain raiser, Warrenpoint defeated Newry St John Bosco 1 - 8 to 0 - 8 in the Intermediate Championship final.

Meanwhile, Errigal Ciaran coasted to an emphatic 4-15 to 1-7 win over Cavan side Mullahoran in the AIB Ulster Club Championship preliminary round game at Kingspan Breffni Park.

Goals from Damien McDermott and Tyrone county star Peter Harte helped Errigal Ciaran into a commanding 2-7 to 1-3 interval lead.

Further goals followed in the second half from Brian Horisk and Tomas Canavan as the Tyrone champions eased to a facile victory.

In the Derry decider at Celtic Park, Connie Devlin's goal proved to be the decisive score as Ballinderry edged out Slaughtneill 1-10 to 0-10.

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