Laverty's boys off to a flier at St Paul's event
The 38th St Paul's Ulster Minor football Championship opened on Saturday with another win for a Kilcoo team, when they had little bother in bettering Tyrone champions Killyclogher, 3-6 to 1-4.
Managed by senior star forward Conor Laverty, senior substitute Justin Clarke scored two goals in the first half to add to a single from Jimmy Magee and leave them in a healthy position by the break.
The game was played at the Shaw's Road complex and by the break the Down lads were up by 3-4 to 1-3, the Killyclogher goal coming from Gavin Potter.
He also grabbed a couple of points but when he was dismissed just after half-time, the Tyrone lads had little in the way of cutting edge up front.
The second half proved low-scoring and when another senior star, Shealan Johnston scored a free on 44 minutes, it proved to be the final score of the match.
In the other game of the opening weekend, Armagh's Silverbridge went out at the preliminary round stage to Donegal's Termon, the final score 1-10 to 0-6.
The game was played on the 4G surface at Colaiste Feirste and puts the Donegal team up against Emyvale of Monaghan in the Ulster quarter-final next Sunday.
Termon grabbed an early lead and jumped into a 0-6 to 0-2 advantage after the first quarter.
They will fancy themselves in the shake-up for New Year's Day.