Six in a row for Kilcoo
Reigning champions Kilcoo used all their experience to outscore 14-man Burren by five points to two in the final 20 minutes at Páirc Esler to collect a sixth Down title in a row yesterday.
Dylan Ward enhanced his reputation with a haul of 0-4 from play, three in the second half, as Kilcoo equalled the six-in-a-row record set by Burren in the 1980s.
Burren lorded midfield in the first half but kicked five costly wides during their period of dominance.
Kilcoo punished them, twice coming from three points behind in that first period to trail by just 0-7 to 0-6 at the break, and they then slowly got on top, aided by vital scores from Ward and Jerome Johnston.
Burren lost Conaill McGovern’s to a straight red for striking Down team-mate Paul Devlin off the ball in the 57th minute.
KI LC O O: SK a ne; NB ran ag an, DO’ Han lon (0-1), Aidan Bra na gan; D Brana gan, Aaron Branagan ,PDevlin(0-4f); FMcGreevy, A Morgan (0-1); R Johnston, J Johnston (0-2), M Dev lin; C Do her ty, D Ward (0-4), C L aver ty (0-1). Subs: E Bra na gan for R Johnston (38 mins), JMc Clean for M Dev lin (39 mins), JJ McLaughlin for Aid an Brana gan (52 mins), DKa ne forMc Clean (BC, 55m ins ), SO’ Han lon for D Brana gan (BC, 58mins). BURREN: CMurdock (0-2‘45’,1f);J McGovern, G McGovern, SF egan; D Rooney, C Cox, CFoy; M McKay, C Toner; RT rea nor (0-1), DO’ Hare(0-6,3f ), SM cA rd le; Co na ill Mc Govern, KM c Kern an(0-1),DMc En tee. Subs: S Murdock for T rea nor (41 m ins ), Ci ar an McGovern for JMc Govern (41 m ins ), DMc Cart an (0-1) for Mc Kay (53 mins), P Poland for Mc En tee (53 mins), E Toner for C Toner (59mins). Referee: PFaloon.