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Blackhill 0-13 Downings 0-06

By Chris McNulty

Published 14/11/2016

Blackhill had too much for Downings in the Ulster JFC semi-final at Owenbeg.

Blackhill were in control for the most part and denied Downings an upset.

Blackhill started well with Tommy Graham, Colin Woods, Michael Graham and Philip Donnelly all scoring in the first eight minutes to open a 0-4 to 0-1 lead and they were never behind thereafter.

They might have been in for a goal in the ninth minute. In fact, they were, but they couldn't convert. Darren Woods laid off to Michael Graham, who missed, albeit under a bit of pressure, from six yards.

A brace of Lorcan Connor points brought Downings to within a point, but they didn't score in the final 17 minutes of the half as Blackhill took charge once again.

Dermot Daly struck three frees and with Michael Graham and Tommy Graham on target, they were six in front at the short whistle.

Downings, through a pair of Connor points, pulled the deficit back to five early in the second half, but with Anthony Courtney and Colin Woods on the mark, Blackhill remained in firm control.

Downings' cause certainly wasn't helped by a pair of quick-fire black cards midway through the half as Ben McBride and Allen Pasoma had to leave the field and be replaced.

They went almost 20 minutes without a score and while McClafferty - who had been Downings' hero in the Donegal JFC final win over Muff - pointed for the Donegal side, Blackhill closed the game out well.

A pair of Daly frees in the closing moments sealed a comfortable seven-point win for the Monaghan champions.

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