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Down show ruthless streak in terrific triumph

Down became the 2017 Conor McGurk Cup champions after they comprehensively dismissed University of Ulster Jordanstown on a scoreline of 1-25 to 0-6.

In a weekend that began with the re-launch of Club Down, the fundraising wing of the Mourne County, the first cup was captured under new manager Marty Mallon. Down had a 1-7 to 0-1 half-time lead and from then on the game was one of a facile nature.

Meanwhile, the Bank of Ireland Paddy McLarnon U21 champions club tournament provided excellent fare with outstanding performances highlighting two quarter-final ties in particular.

Cathal Mulholland emerged as man of the match when Watty Graham's surmounted their first hurdle in a concerted bid to win the competition for the third time in a row by beating Cavan side Ramor United 3-8 to 2-7.

The Crossmaglen Rangers v Mayobridge tie proved a fascinating shoot-out between Rangers ace Oisin O'Neill and the Down club's marksman Corey Quinn.

O'Neill was in towering form for Rangers and landed 1-9 while Quinn bagged 10 points for Mayobridge but Rangers won by 2-14 to 0-13.

There was misery for Aghagallon when they lost to Donegal side Gweedore by 1-12 to 1-5.

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