Six in a row for Kil­coo

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Gaelic Games -

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.

Wides

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.

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