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Burren's goal threat has Kilcoo on-guard

By John Campbell

Burren will go into Sunday's Down senior football championship final against title-holders Kilcoo fortified by one of the best goal-scoring records in the history of the championship.

To date, skipper Daniel McCartan has watched his side chalk up no fewer than 15 goals, but he is quick to put matters into context.

"We scored seven goals against Saval in the semi-finals, but to be fair they had an off night. We were maybe fortunate in so far as we were able to maximise scoring opportunities," he said.

"We also got six against An Riocht which was another occasion on which the ball ran for us."

Modesty may prevent McCartan from eulogising his team's clinical finishing, but Kilcoo manager Jim McCorry has already taken on board the scoring power that Burren have unleashed in their five-match journey into the decider.

"When you see a team scoring goals at this rate you just know that they have a lot going for them," reflects McCorry.

"The kind of scoring returns they have been getting breeds confidence and that is always a good quality to take into any final."

Burren's attacking machinery has certainly been in overdrive but manager Paddy Carr acknowledges that Kilcoo, too, have considerable forward power.

"We needed to improve in certain sectors, but I am pleased with where we are at and certain aspects of our game show where we want to go," maintains Carr.

"Any gains we have made in the championship will count for nothing if we don't step up to the mark on Sunday. Kilcoo have won a couple of Down titles lately and they have the same core of players who have attained that success so they will come well armed."

Donal O'Hare is the ace in the Burren pack. He has become one of the top finishers in the province.

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