Excellent Kilcoo power their way to last four spot

Excellent Kilcoo power their way to last four spot

8 November 2017

DOWN U-16 champions Kilcoo travelled to Dromore in Co Tyrone on Saturday to face Monaghan champs Castleblayney Faughs. 

In the end it was a massive victory for the young Magpies who produced some superb football throughout.

It was a cagey start to proceedings at Gardrum Park with both sides showing some nerves.

But once Kilcoo settled they put some superb moves together which resulted in three first half goals — two from the impressive Justin Clarke and one from Sean Og McCusker.

They led by eight at half time against the breeze and it looked good for them at this stage. 

By the 36th minute mark the game was well and truly put to bed as the Magpies had scored two more goals, both from Jamie McKee, one a penalty and the other a flick to the net after a 90-yard run from Shealan Johnston, who was playmaker supreme throughout. 

The Down champions were relentless in their application, attitude and determination right up to full time with their 

tackling a feature throughout, something the Monaghan men hadn’t prepared for.

Further goals from man of the match Justin Clarke (2) and substitute Cathal Fettes sent this superbly coached side to a facile 26-point success and to a place in the Ulster semi-finals. 

There were a number of eye-catching individual displays but as a team Kilcoo were excellent 

although they will know tougher tests lie ahead. 

Kilcoo: Christopher Sloan, Cailum Madine, Rowan Tumilty, Tomas Fettes, Tiernan Fettes, Anthony Morgan (0-2), Callum Rogers, Luke Clarke, Niall Doyle, MacDarragh Hynes, Shealan Johnston (0-2), Jamie McKee (2-3), Jack Devlin, Justin Clarke (4-3), Sean Og McCusker (1-0).

Subs used: Tiernan McEvoy, Owen McEvoy, Cathal Fettes (1-0), Jason Morgan.

Kilcoo 8-10

Castleblayney Faughs 1-5