Kilcoo 3-14 Enniskillen Gaels 1–09
The All-Eire champions reached one other Ulster closing with a win over Enniskillen Gaels at Kilcoo Athletic Grounds.
The Down lads did all of the exhausting work by the half-time stage, taking a commanding 13-point lead after enjoying with the assistance of a robust wind.
The Fermanagh champions piled on the strain for a protracted stretch of the second half however have been in no place to noticeably bother a stable Kilcoo facet who mixed depth and work price with good motion and scientific ending.
Two first-half targets from Sheelan Johnston had them in a cushty place on the interval, whereas Aaron Morgan added a 3rd in response to Eoin Beacom’s second-half strike because the champions marched on.
Johnston buried his first objective after ten minutes, accumulating Miceal Rooney’s help after Tiernan Fettes had picked up Neil McDermott.
Kilcoe’s issue and ferocious tackling made life nearly unimaginable for the Enniskillen facet struggling towards the robust wind, however they almost scored a shocking objective late within the first quarter.
John Rayhill’s misdirected shot was inches from discovering the online and rebounded off the upright to be cleared by a watertight defence.
Brandon Horan and Richard O’Callaghan had loads of possession within the center however there have been no retailers, every yellow shirt stifled by a well-drilled unit that closed off all avenues of progress.
Rayhill managed to cross and after showing to be dispossessed, regained possession to kick within the Gaels’ solely rating of the primary half.
However the Magpies have been undaunted and responded with a flurry of targets, two of which got here from impressed efforts by sensible centre-half Daryl Branagan, with Ceilum Doherty, Conor Laverty and Aaron Branagan additionally on course.
Enniskillen keeper Cian Newman had a collection of blasts from his personal space and was ultimately punished as his offload went straight to Laverty, who despatched Sheelan Johnston over to fit dwelling simply earlier than the second half.
The defending champions led by 2-08 to 0-01 however got here beneath sustained strain within the early phases of the second half, with Eoin Beacom coming off the bench so as to add spark to the Enniskillen assault.
He hit some stylish scores, with Conor Watson and Richard O’Callaghan additionally on course, however the Fermanagh males have been nearly caught behind as they pushed extra males ahead.
Laverty discovered area to ship Ryan Johnston over however Newman made an excellent save.
Beacom now stood out as the very best striker on the pitch, the person who posed the largest menace, and gave his facet new hope with an excellent objective within the forty fifth minute, fired into the underside nook of the put up simply after the break. damaged possession choice.
However they have been powerless to interrupt away and Kilcoo punished the Gaels after seven minutes as Laverty and Doherty mixed down the left to ship midfielder Aaron Morgan dwelling to fireside dwelling their third objective.
Now ten factors clear, it was a straight push to the end line with no threats and minimal fuss as they held agency towards an Enniskillen facet who continued to push via Horan, Beacom, Jack Tierney and Rayhill.
Horan, Beacom and Conor Love made the bottom factors however the Down males’s effectivity continued to shine, with Doherty, Miceal Rooney and Devlin changing a fourth free, all on course within the closing phases.
Kilcoo: N Kane; N Branagan, R McEvoy, A Branagan (0-01, 0-01m); T Fettes, D Branagan (0-02); Aaron Morgan (1-00), Anthony Morgan; C Doherty (0-02), R Johnston (0-01), S Johnston (2-01); S Laverty (0-01), J Johnston, P Devlin (0-04, 0-04fs).
Subscribers: A Branagan (ht) for E Branagan (0-01), Morgan for Aidan Brangan (50), J Johnston for G McEvoy (58), S Johnston for M Hynes (58), S Og McCusker Laverty (59).
Enniskillen Gaels: C Newman; J Tierney, A Nolan, J Ferguson; J Horan (0-01), J Cassidy, S Watson (0-01); B Horan, R O’Callaghan (0-02); N McDermott, R McDonald, S McShea; C Love (0-01, 0-01f), J Reihill (0-01), C Smith.
Subscribers: P Reihill for McDermott (20), E Beacom (1-03, 0-01f) for Smith (ht), C Quinn for Ferguson (48), R Bogue for Watson (48), P Cassidy for McDonald (59).
Referee: S Hurson (Tyrone).