Kilcoo sink Loughinisland to keep high five in sights
Kilcoo remain on course for a possible fifth Down senior football championship title on the trot following an impressive 0-18 to 0-6 win over Loughinisland yesterday.
They may have encountered a hiccup in their previous game against Burren but Paul McIver's side made the most of their back door opportunity to sound a warning to the rest of the field.
The Devlin brothers, Paul and Martin, showed the way by amassing 10 points between them while the Branagans Aaron and Niall along with Niall McEvoy made significant contributions to their team's win. Former Down ace Dan Gordon did his best to inspire Loughinisland but the side as a whole lacked experience against their more streetwise opponents.
Another ex-Down player, Benny Coulter, showed that he still has much to offer by grabbing two points for Mayobridge after coming on as a substitute in the 2-17 to 1-13 win over Ballyholland.
Cathal Magee and Ryan Brady grabbed goals for Mayobridge with the former landing five points while Cory Quinn landed four.
Downpatrick, though, were taken to extra-time by a plucky Rostrevor side before winning by 0-15 to 0-13.
It was nip and tuck throughout but Conor Deegan's side held their nerve in the closing stages of extra-time to come out on top in a tense finish.