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St Peter's book semi spot with tight win

By Declan Bogue

Down's St Peter's Warrenpoint had not as much to spare at the finish of their Ulster Intermediate tie against Dungannon at Pairc Esler, edging home 0-17 to 2-9 at the finish.

With the help of Down's Ryan Boyle and the very promising Ross McGarry, the St Peter's weathered an early Dungannon goal and McGarry accounted for several scores in the first half.

Kiefer Morgan occasionally responded with scores from the dead ball, but the Clarkes were unable to get a handle on McGarry as he tormented their defence throughout.

In a game that contained plenty of physicality, Warrenpoint held their heads as a number of flashpoints erupted towards the final whistle, and they will now play Derry's Castledawson in the semi-final.

Barry Murray was the toast of Derrylin as they claimed their first win in the Ulster intermediate Championship, defeating St Paul's of Armagh on a scoreline of 2-10 to 0-15.

Murray kicked a total of eight points as the Fermanagh side turned the tables on the fancied Lurgan side in Crossmaglen. Louis Leonard and Cathair Shannon added their goals, while Chris Lavery was the most dangerous threat for St Paul's.

In Clones, Cavan star John McCutcheon appeared to have put Cootehill in a commanding position when he took off on a storming run through the middle and finished to the net to put four points between the sides after the first quarter.

The Monaghan side had narrowed the gap to two points by the break, but they finished strongly to nip in from for the first time in the entire match with a late Mattie McKenna point to make it to the semi-finals, with the scoreboard reading Inniskeen 0-9 Cootehill 1-5 by the end of the afternoon's action.

Elsewhere in the Ulster ladies' football club final, Termon continued on the theme of giant-killing that seemed to effect so much of Ulster yesterday, when they beat the illustrious Donaghmoyne of Monaghan, 4-7 to 3-8.

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