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Gordon geared up for decider

By John Campbell

Published 28/11/2015

Up for the cup: Intermediate finalists Tommy Hourihan of Bundoran and Conor O’Toole of Loughinisland alongside AIB regional director Edel McCooe and president of the Ulster Council GAA Martin McAviney
Up for the cup: Intermediate finalists Tommy Hourihan of Bundoran and Conor O’Toole of Loughinisland alongside AIB regional director Edel McCooe and president of the Ulster Council GAA Martin McAviney

Loughinisland goalkeeper Kieran Gordon looked on from the other end of the pitch as his side revelled in a second-half goal-blitz during their Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship semi-final win over Monaghan champions Doohamlet.

In surging to an emphatic 4-7 to 1-7 victory, the Down title-holders underlined their hunger for more success but Bundoran now stand in their way of provincial glory in what should prove an absorbing decider at Owenbeg tomorrow (2.30pm). For Gordon, the match represents an opportunity to strike a blow for Down football and claim prestige for a club that has tended to live in the shadows.

"At half-time in our match against Doohamlet there was very little between the sides and we naturally thought that it was going to be tough going in the second-half but we managed to put away three goals and that gave us a great lift," reflects Gordon.

"We know that we are unlikely to get things as easy tomorrow but now that we have come this far we are very keen to win the Ulster title. We want to do Down football proud."

Loughinisland have certainly been impressive to date with skipper Dan Gordon a tower of strength at centre-half-back, Paddy Megoran a resolute full-back and Rory Mason and John McCarthy predatory forwards who have shown that they can turn possession into scores.

But in Bundoran, the Down standard-bearers will be facing a side fresh from a fine semi-final win over Glenavy and anxious to maintain the consistency which has been their hallmark this year.

"This is a big test for us because Loughinisland have experience and physical power," said Bundoran skipper Tommy Hourihane.

"Nevertheless we like to think that a repeat of our form against Glenavy could help us in this game. We have a great spirit in our side and we also have some fine individual performers."

Certainly Christy Keaney underlined his worth to the side in style by grabbing 1-5 from play against Glenavy, his late goal sealing a stunning five-star solo show while Shane McGowan and Pauric Rooney are solid defenders with Ciaran McCaughey and Peter McGonigle a durable midfield partnership.

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