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The Down and Ulster champions may have lost to Warrenpoint in the earlier stages of the county championship but in last night's semi-final at Pairc Esler, Newry it was Mickey Moran's team that held all the aces. (stock photo)

The Down and Ulster champions may have lost to Warrenpoint in the earlier stages of the county championship but in last night's semi-final at Pairc Esler, Newry it was Mickey Moran's team that held all the aces. (stock photo)

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The Down and Ulster champions may have lost to Warrenpoint in the earlier stages of the county championship but in last night's semi-final at Pairc Esler, Newry it was Mickey Moran's team that held all the aces. (stock photo)

There is just no stopping Kilcoo when the heat is on. The Down and Ulster champions may have lost to Warrenpoint in the earlier stages of the county championship but in last night's semi-final at Pairc Esler, Newry it was Mickey Moran's team that held all the aces.

They may have only enjoyed only a two-point interval advantage at 0-8 to 1-3 with Jerome Johnston, Niall Kane and Eugene Branagan to the fore while Ross McGarry's goal from a penalty sustained Warrenpoint's gallant efforts.

But after the break Kilcoo stepped up a gear and with Paul Devlin, Shealin Johnston and Ryan McEvoy also making an impact when it came to taking scores while a Jerome Johnston goal cemented their advantage as they glided to a 1-18 to 2-6 victory.

In the other Down championship semi-final, Carryduff just managed to get past the ferocious challenge of Ballyholland after extra-time. At the end of normal time Carryduff had accumulated 2-10 while their opponents had struck 1-13 which sent the game into an additional phase and it was substitute Ronan Lawlor who swept over the last point of the tie to secure Carryduff's place in the decider.

Ederney booked their place in the FermanaghSenior Football Championship final following last night's 2-14 to 3-7 semi-final win over Teemore Shamrocks. The sides were deadlocked at the half-way stage by which Teemore had snapped up a brace of goals through Eoin McManus and Barry Owens in totting up 2-4 while Ederney had recorded 0-10. But it was McCauley who was to have a decisive say in the outcome with two second-half goals to which his team added four points to seal their place in the final.

Derrygonnelly Harps, of course, remain on track for what would be their sixth successive Fermanagh senior football title following a 2-7 to 1-2 semi-final win over Kinawley.

Tyrone board chairman Michael Kerr had a particularly satisfying duty to perform on Saturday evening when he presented the county senior hurling championship trophy to his fellow Eire Og Carrickmore clubman Dermot Begley.

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The latter proved an inspirational force as Eire Og just got the better of Dungannon outfit Eoghan Ruadh by 3-13 to 2-11 in a pulsating final.


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