Killeeshil in mood for more glory days
Killeeshil laid down a marker that the Tyrone Junior Intermediate championship title may not be the last accolade they will capture this year, judging by the manner in which they overcame Down champions Teconnaught by 0-11 to 0-9 yesterday.
In a match which was neck and neck for long spells, Killeeshil, powered by Tyrone All-Ireland winner Kevin Hughes in midfield and inspired by Shane Mallon, produced a strong finish to book their semi-final place.
They led by 0-7 to 0-6 at the break, and their advantage might have been greater had their availed of more of the chances that came their way.
But it was Teconnaught's turn to suffer from profligacy after the break, missing a penalty when Daniel Morgan fluffed his chance from a spot kick.
With the sides deadlocked at 0-9 each, the possibility of extra-time loomed, but two late points from Mallon sealed the win.
Conan Russell best epitomised Teconnaught's defiance by hoisting over four points while Ciaran Carville, an imposing presence throughout at midfield, snapped up a similar tally.
Conor Heath and Sean Rogan were also on target but Killeeshil's edge in fitness and experience ultimately stood them in good stead.
Armagh champions Annaghmore got the better of Cavan champions Kill.
In a tough, tight contest, Annaghmore withstood a late onslaught to come out on top by 1-9 to 0-9 and book their place in the last four.
Emyvale looked particularly strong in overcoming Ardmore by 2-23 to 2-8. The Monaghan side seized the initiative early in the game and were never unduly troubled.
Belfast side Davitts found Donegal junior champions Milford too much in the end when the sides met in Hannahstown.
Despite scoring two goals and dominating the play, Davitts still lost out by 0-22 to 2-13.