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Eskra ease past Gaels with classy showing

By Declan Bogue

Eskra Emmett's of Tyrone sent out a warning shot when they accounted for Enniskillen Gaels in yesterday's Intermediate Championship with serious ease, winning 0-19 to 1-3.

The Red Hand champions went into half-time four points up, having recovered from an early Niall McGovern goal for the Fermanagh side. A succession of Peter Hughes scores from the dead ball and from play soon had them in commanding form and they went on to assert their superiority.

In Breffni Park, Killeshandra made home advantage count against Belfast side St Theresa's, finishing the game 0-14 to 1-7.

Corner-forward Robbie Gallagher got an early goal for the Antrim side to temporarily take the lead after Killeshandra had opened with a brace of points. However, this was to turn out slightly one-sided with Declan McKiernan and Darragh Tighe's experience evident.

Eskra will now meet Killeshandra in the Ulster semi-final.

Truagh of Monaghan accounted for Down's Drumgath early at Ballybay. Christopher McKenna notched 1-2, with the points coming from frees, while Daniel McKenna also chipped in.

By half-time, Truagh had already put distance between themselves and the opposition when they were six points clear.

They continued in the same vein at the start of the second-half when Niall Coyle made a run forward from his wing-back position to rattle the rigging.

They will face Foreglen of Derry in the other semi-final.

Foreglen faced stout resistance from Naomh Mhuire of the Lower Rosses, Donegal, before eventually squeezing through on a scorline of 2-11 to 1-11.

Just prior to half-time they were four points adrift, but late scores from Kevin O'Connor among others kept them in it.

A goal from O'Connor put them in the driving seat for the rest of the contest, although they had to endure some nervous moments.

* Ireland made sure of another shinty/hurling win in Inverness on Saturday, when a Patrick Maher goal gave them a 1-15 to 0-14 win and a clean sweep of the series.

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