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Buoyant Kilrea play their cards right to clinch last four slot

By John Campbell

Kilrea are making a habit of claiming big scalps in the Ulster Minor football tournament which is building up to an exciting climax.

After ushering Crossmaglen Rangers out of the competition, Kilrea stunned the much fancied Donegal champions Naomh Conaill (Glenties) in the quarter-finals yesterday by winning 2-27 to 2-7.

An incredible descent into indiscipline which saw them lose three players to red cards made it an ignominious match for the Donegal outfit who had led by 1-7 to 0-7 at the break.

But goals from the Quiggs, Tiarnan and Paddy, along with huge contributions from Larry Kielt, Daithi McLaughlin, and Conor Gillen saw Kilrea take command after the break and emerge worthy winners of a fractious encounter.

In yesterday's other quarter-finals, impressive Burren got the better of Dunloy by a 0-10 to 0-6 scoreline in a match that had been deferred from Saturday because of the funeral of long-serving Burren stalwart Danny Murphy.

And Carrickmore also came good by making it into the last four by beating Corduff by 2-12 to 1-12.

Meanwhile, the Donegal county board is to send a resolution to Croke Park calling on the GAA President, Aogán Ó Fearghai, to retract recent comments 'regarding the national anthem and the flag'.

At the recent All-Stars trip in Dubai, Ó Fearghail said that the flying of the Irish tricolour and the playing of Amhrán na bhFiann could be reviewed in the future.

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