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Clonduff do enough to deny Bredagh in SFC opener

Down star Eamon Brown has been one of Clonduff's main men in 2023.
Down star Eamon Brown has been one of Clonduff's main men in 2023. Down star Eamon Brown has been one of Clonduff's main men in 2023.

Clonduff got the job done as expected in their Down SFC opener tonight, easing past Bredagh on a scoreline of 1-14 2-06. 

Bredagh, intermediate winners in 2016, were relegated to Division 2 of the league after a dismal campaign this summer, but their opponents were hardly full of confidence either, having lost half of their last 12 fixtures prior to tonight's encounter.

A tricky and tactical opening saw the 2000 champions behind by a solitary score at the break, as the underdogs looked capable of springing a surprise.

Things quickly unravelled in the latter period however, as Adrian Cush and James Slater's charges began to seize the initiative. A helter kelter third quarter saw the sides trade goals, but Clonduff had managed an eight point swing in that time to sit comfortably clear.

A strong final quarter from Bredagh saw them rattle a second goal, but they now face Round 2B of the SFC, where defeat would eliminate them from the competition and consign them to the relegation play-offs.

Clonduff advance to the more negotiable Round 2A, aiming to build on a penalty shootout defeat to Kilcoo last year.