Burren and Kilcoo get job done in Down SFC
Morgan Fuels Down Senior Football Championship quarter-finals
Mayobridge 1-11 Burren 3-15
BURREN won their way into the Morgan Fuels Down SFC semi-final after victory over derby rivals Mayobridge at Pairc Esler last night.
It was a fairly comfortable display from Frank Dawson’s side although the Sky Blues were in contention until 10 minutes after the break. But then, in a 60-second spell, the ’Bridge had a man sent off and conceded a goal. That, in effect was the beginning of the end for Mayobridge.
Shay McArdle was the Burren top scorer, the corner-forward netting twice and pointing twice, all scores coming in the second half.
Burren began best and in the opening five minutes quickly knocked over four points without reply. But Mayobridge battled back and for the rest of the half shared the honours. Although at the break a cracking Kevin Kernan goal was the difference between the teams – 1-8 to 0-08.
Strangely Burren’s second top scorer was their keeper Cathal Murdock, who trotted up the park on five occasions to knock over the bar. As well as a McKernan goal and point, the other Burren scorers came from Sean Murdock (three), Eamon Toner, Conaill McGovern and Dan McCartan.
Cathal Magee was the most prolific ’Bridge marksman and he split the posts seven times and rattled in a penalty kick. The other Sky Blues’ scores came from the excellent Corey Quinn (2), Conleth O’Hare, Kevin O’Rourke and Caolan Gallagher.
Kilcoo 2-13 St Peter’s, Warrenpoint 0-10
Kilcoo, county senior champions for the past four years, are still in the hunt to make it five after beating a gutsy St Peter’s, Warrenpoint at Pairc Esler last night.
CPN put up a great showing and had several goal opportunities but the greater experience of the Magpies shone through.
Goals, one in each half, from Cillian Lavery and a real block-buster from Darragh O’Hanlon, paved the way for a Kilcoo victory.
Kilcoo reward for beating the Point is a semi-final draw with Burren while Bryansford will meet Clonduff in the other last-four game.