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On target: Jerome Johnston has hit the ground running for Kilcoo

On target: Jerome Johnston has hit the ground running for Kilcoo

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On target: Jerome Johnston has hit the ground running for Kilcoo

It can be taken for granted that no team has experienced the eerie fall-out from fulfilling a competitive fixture in a virtually deserted ground to quite the same extent as provincial club football champions Kilcoo.

When they overcame Donegal champions Naomh Conaill towards the end of last year in the Ulster club final, Healy Park, Omagh was transformed into a throbbing arena and when this was followed by an All-Ireland semi-final triumph against Dublin and Leinster champions Ballyboden St Enda's in January, Kingspan Breffni became a sea of black and white as the Magpies colours predominated.

Subsequently, the Kilcoo faithful left their own indelible imprint on Croke Park even though their team lost out to Galway aces Corofin, who made it a hat-trick of All-Ireland titles.