Kilcoo book Ulster final date

Kilcoo 3-14 Enniskillen Gaels 1-9

KILCOO ruthlessly booked their spot in the Ulster club final, and their ambitions of three-in-a-row remain well and truly alive.

Playing with the aid of a massive breeze blowing down towards the Cathedral end of the Athletic Grounds, Kilcoo took control during the first half.

Shealan Johnston raised two green flags as the All-Ireland champions stormed into a 2-8 to 0-1 half time lead.

When Enniskillen attacked at pace in the opening half, usually led by the lively John Reihill, they looked dangerous, but all too often they were laboured in possession and tried to play keep ball.

The Magpies made them pay when they inevitably turned the ball over and both three-pointers came from such instances.

Miceal Rooney disposed an Enniskillen player around centerfield and played through Shealan Johnston who claimed the first goal of the evening.

The second time, it was goalkeeper Cian Newman who gifted possession to Conor Laverty, and the new Down manager assisted another Johnston major.

Eoin Beacom made an instant impact off the bench for Enniskillen Gaels after the break and rattled off 1-2 to close the gap to seven by the end of the third quarter.

But any hope of a revival was short lived as the Magpies slotted home a third goal, with midfielder Aaron Morgan palming the ball into the net.

The sides traded scores in the last few minutes, but the margin was too large for the Fermanagh men to catch.

It’s another Ulster final for Kilcoo and they await the winners of tomorrow’s semi-final between Cargin and Glen.

Kilcoo Scorers: Shealan Johnston 2-1, Paul Devlin 0-4 (4f), Aaron Morgan 1-0, Ceilum Doherty 0-2, Darryl Branagan 0-2, Aaron Branagan 0-1 (1m), Ryan Johnston 0-1, Conor Laverty 0-1, Eugene Branagan 0-1

Enniskillen Gaels Scores: Eoin Beacom 1-3, Richard O’Callaghan 0-2, Conor Watson 0-1, John Rehill 0-1, Josh Horan 0-1.

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