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Burren determined to become the first Ulster champions

Kickhams Creggan 1-4

Down champions St Mary’s, Burren powered their way to the semi-final of the inaugural Ulster under-21 football championship yesterday with a deserved win over host club Kickhams Creggan.

Fresh from their fourth Down under-21 championship win on the trot on Wednesday night, Burren hit the ground running and dominated just about every position on the park in the opening minutes.

O’Hare fired home from close range to put Burren in the driving seat. On 10 minutes Poland completed a well-worked move to slot the ball past Peter Graham, and two minutes later Toner stole past a shell-shocked Creggan defence to fist the ball to the net.

With Conor McCann acting as a third midfielder, Creggan began to make inroads into the Burren defence for the first time and Aidan McKeown completed a fine move on 22 minutes to compete the first half scoring.

Four minutes into the second half referee Martin McErlean pointed to the spot when Conor McCann was hauled down in the square. Martin stepped up to slot the ball into the bottom corner to leave five between the sides, 3-1 to 1-2,

That was as good as it got for the Antrim champions. Burren rattled off the next three scores, the pick of which came from Conaill McGovern on 44 minutes. Creggan had a chance for some late consolation when Martin was fouled for their second penalty, but this time the corner forward saw his spot kick saved by the Burren keeper.

In Saturday’s quarter-final clash Omagh St Enda’s came past Monaghan champions Truagh Gaels by 0-16 to 3-4.

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