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Devlin points Kilcoo towards sixth title on trot

 

By John Campbell

Kilcoo took a step closer to a sixth successive Down senior football championship title when they beat RGU Downpatrick by 0-13 to 1-5 in the second of the semi-finals at the weekend.

They will now meet Burren, conquerors of Castlewellan in the other semi on a 1-12 to 0-7 score, in the decider.

While Paul Devlin was very much to the fore for Kilcoo by landing five points, Donal O'Hare, a notable absentee from the Down side this year, landed a fistful of points for Burren.

Devlin's accuracy from frees and play proved a key element in Kilcoo's win and the team's overall performance suggests that they still nurture a fierce hunger to remain on their thrown.

Two Tyrone All-Ireland winners played key roles in their teams' victories in the Tyrone senior football championship.

A second-half goal from Martin Penrose proved crucial in Carrickmore's hard-earned 1-11 to 1-8 win over Edendork, while Davy Harte stroked home a superb goal at the start of the second-half of Errigal Ciaran's tie against Urney which they won by 2-11 to 0-7.

Peter Og McCartan grabbed the winners' other goal with Urney custodian Keith Nelis preventing at least two further goals.

Derrygonnelly had things very much their own way in the Fermanagh senior football championship semi-final replay against Roslea which they won by 2-15 to 0-10.

Paul Ward landed a string of points for Derrygonnelly with the Jones duo - Conall and Leigh - firing in their goals.

In the Armagh senior football championship Crossmaglen Rangers beat Clan Eireann by 1-23 to 0-10, while Ballymacnab just got the better of holders Maghery by 2-14 to 4-9.

Coleraine Eoghan Ruadh certainly created a stir when they won the prestigious Kilmacud Crokes Sevens competition in Dublin on Saturday.

The north west side, which won their first Derry senior football championship title a few years ago, certainly did things in style by beating Kilmacud Crokes themselves in the final.

It was a significant coup for Coleraine and it was also a particularly memorable feat for the talented McGoldrick brothers who produced the goods in style to take their team to glory.

Colm scored 2-1 and Sean Leo chipped in with 1-3 as Coleraine beat Kilmacud by 4-9 to 2-10.

Kilmacud actually led by 1-7 to 1-6 at half-time, but the Ulster side's resilience and shooting power were to stand them in good stead.

In the past the Kilmacud tournament, which has been held on the eve of the All-Ireland final for many years now, has been won by various high-profile clubs but Coleraine underlined the advances they have made by the confident manner in which they strode to victory.

Their success has already been hailed in Derry and new Oak Leaf boss Damian McErlain is likely to take cognisance of the team's feat as he turns his attention to his senior role following his minor team's fall to Kerry.

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