Kilcoo confirmed all their trademark resilience that received them an All-Eire final 12 months to battle their strategy to a fourth Down SFC title in a row at Páirc Esler.
arrenpoint, chasing a primary county SFC since 1953, pushed the champions all the way in which scoring the final 4 factors of regular time to take the sport to additional time.
Seemingly irritated to have let a profitable place slip within the ultimate 10 minutes of regular time, Kilcoo re-emerged from the dressing-rooms decided to complete the job. They fired over 4 unanswered factors within the opening six minutes of additional time.
But Warrenpoint – who had been the final crew to beat Kilcoo over an hour’s soccer within the early rounds of the 2020 Down marketing campaign – nonetheless had loads to supply and rallied for a second time.
Discovering themselves in an identical place to the tip of regular time, they hauled themselves again into it because of the unerring positioned balls of Alan Davidson, who completed with 0-7.
They scored 4 of the remaining 5 factors in additional time nevertheless it wasn’t fairly sufficient to reel within the champions, who lifted a tenth Down title in 11 years.
It appears Kilcoo simply don’t know how you can lose within the Down championship as a result of it regarded Clonduff had them crushed within the semi-final and right here in Newry, St Peter’s Warrenpoint stretched and examined them as properly.
Ryan Johnston’s purpose early after 22 minutes was the main distinction on a day when little separated these sides.
An extended ball in to new Down inter-county supervisor Conor Laverty together with his again to purpose was rapidly off-loaded with a deft cross typical of a canny participant with a deep field of tips.
Johnston nonetheless had loads do to, however confirmed composure to go spherical a stretched defence and blast the ball into the online.
Kilcoo led 1-6 to 0-6 at half-time however lacked penetration within the second half with some aimless passing and an absence of urgency to their play.
Niall McGovern, Paddy Murdock and Davidson’s frees and ‘45’ stored Warrenpoint in contact but regardless of drawing stage within the 59th minute via Davidson, 0-11 to 1-8, there have been no scores in 4 minutes of stoppage time with additional time trying more and more seemingly.
Kilcoo began additional time with verve with 4 quickfire factors from play from Devlin, Ryan Johnston, Tiernan Fettis and Eugene Branagan and whereas Warrenpoint stayed within the hunt, the champions had the expertise to hold on and prepare for yet one more Ulster membership championship marketing campaign.
Scorers – Kilcoo: P Devlin 0-4 (3f), R Johnston 1-1; M Rooney 0-3; C Doherty 0-2; S Johnston, T Fettis, E Branagan 0-1 every. Warrenpoint: A Davidson 0-7 (6f, 1 ‘45’); N McGovern, D McAleenan 0-2 every; R McCormick, P Murdock, J Grant, J Howlett 0-1 every.
Kilcoo: N Kane; N Branagan, R McEvoy, A Branagan; Anthony Morgan, D Branagan, M Rooney; Aaron Morgan, D Ward; C Doherty, R Johnston, S Johnston; C Laverty, J Johnston, P Devlin. Subs: T Fettes for N Branagan (47), E Branagan for J Johnston (53), S Og McCusker for Laverty (59), J Johnston for R Johnston (69), M Hynes for Rooney (70), C Laverty for S Johnston (79).
Warrenpoint: C Darcy, P Sweeney, J Boyle, R McGivern; R Boyle, C McCartan, D McAleenan; R McCormick, J Grant; N McCartan, A Davidson, E Byrne; N McGovern, P Murdock, S O’Hare. Subs: A Darcy for N McCartan (41), A Magee for O’Hare (46), R McGarry for E Byrne (47), J Lynch for McAleenan (55), C Madden for McGovern (60), S O’Hare for P Sweeney (63), J Howlett for Murdock (67), E Carr for McGivern (75).
Ref – D O’Hare (Burren)