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Ulster Club SFC Final: Kilcoo dazzlers too bright for Kingscourt Stars

Kingscourt 0-5 Kilcoo3-15

By Paul Fitzpatrick

Cavan's dreadful record in the Ulster Club SFC continued at Kingspan Breffni Park as Kingscourt Stars were given a lesson in smart, cohesive counter-attacking football by an impressive Kilcoo side.

The Stars' county final win over Castlerahan was their 10th championship tussle of the season but the 11th proved a step too far as Kilcoo turned in a ruthlessly-efficient performance and were in control throughout.

The Down champions led 0-5 to 0-3 when the Stars, caught on the counter, were unable to stop the Magpies from raiding at the other end and when Laverty laid off for Paul Devlin, the latter made no mistake from close range.

Kilcoo added two further points before the break and the bombardment continued in the second half as Kilcoo backed Kingscourt on to the ropes and dazzled them with flurries from all angles. What was essentially the knock-out blow was landed six minutes in when Jerome Johnston pulled on a loose ball 21 metres out and drilled it past stand-in Kingscourt goalkeeper Gavin Sheenan.

That three-pointer made it 2-7 to 0-4 and more misery was heaped on Kingscourt when key defender Padraic Faulkner was dismissed on a straight red card after a heavy challenge. Moments later, Kilcoo broke through for their third goal, Paul Devlin blasting to the net from 15 yards.

Scorers: Kingscourt: Barry Reilly (0-3, 1f), Cian McArdle (0-2f).

Kilcoo: Paul Devlin (2-2), Darragh O'Hanlon (0-5, 2f), Jerome Johnston (1-2), Conor Laverty (0-5), Donal Kane (0-1).

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