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St Joseph's book semi spot after hard week following death of manager Francie Doone

By Declan Bogue

St Joseph's of Glenavy put behind a week of grieving the untimely death of their manager Francie Doone, as they beat Fermanagh champions Irvinestown in the quarter-final of the Ulster Intermediate Championship.

The game had been delicately poised at half-time in Corrigan Park, Irvinestown had the benefit of a penalty poked into the net in the first half. Gary Maguire's initial effort was saved by St Joseph's goalkeeper Fergal Green, but Maguire followed it up and the teams were 0-8 to 1-5 at the break.

Another Irvinestown goal arrived through the impressive James Duffy, but still the Antrim men came back and levelled the game with a brilliant goal. Beginning with goalkeeper Green, the ball was worked all the way up the field and finished by county player Owen Gallagher to put them three up.

They held out with Irvinestown hitting the last two points and now meet Bundoran in the Ulster semi-final.

Playing Clann Eireann of Lurgan in the quarter-final in nearby Ballyshannon, the game went to extra-time, with the seasiders eventually coming out on the right side of a 0-14 to 1-9 scoreline.

At half-time of normal time the scores were level on 0-4 to 1-1, before Bundoran took control. But Clann Eireann scored the last three points to take it to extra-time before running out of steam as Bundoran won through.

Down's Loughinisland were comfortable in Healy Park, Omagh, against Tyrone champions Edendork, winning 1-13 to 2-5. They led at half-time 0-6 to 0-1, but Rory Mason's goal was the dagger in the heart for the Tyrone side.

They will meet Monaghan's Doohamlet in the other semi-final who defeated Ballyhaise of Cavan, 0-15 to 1-10.

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