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Magpies fly high over Burren

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Burren 0-7 Kilcoo 0-9

DOWN'S two most successful clubs met on Friday past in St Mary's Park, Burren, and in the end it was the Magpies who went home with a two point win in a low scoring encounter. 
Games between these two sides in recent years have been massive physical battles, this one was no different and they are usually games that are open and high scoring.
Burren set out their stall early in this one and packed their defence so scores were always going to be hard to get, in what was a perfect sunny evening for football. 
A Donal Kane free in the eighth minute opened the scoring and it was another ten minutes before the uprights were split again, this time Paul Devlin with a free. 
Burren's account was opened on the 20th minute from a Ryan Treanor placed ball after Declan Rooney was took down but Kilcoo responded almost immediately with the impressive Donal Kane kicking a lovely long range score to maintain Kilcoo's two point advantage. 
Sean Murdock got the home side's first point from play two minutes before the break, but Kilcoo's answer was emphatic, going straight up the pitch were Aaron Branagan and Barry Kane to set up Aidan Branagan for a mighty score. 
Branagan's evening soon ended though as on the stroke of half time he and Burren's Shea McArdle were given their marching orders for an off the ball incident as Kilcoo led 0-4 to 0-2. 
Ryan Treanor reduced the deficit to a point seven minutes into the second half but Kilcoo responded well once more, substitute Darragh O'Hanlon kicking an inspirational score. 
Burren then had their best spell in the game and scored three times in the next ten minutes without reply, Kevin McKernan from distance and two pointed frees from the hard working Treanor and at this stage it was anyone's game.
With 11 minutes to play Donal Kane equalised but Burren were left to rue a missed goal chance from their next attack, Ryan McGovern blazing over the bar with goal at his mercy, which was to be Burren's last score of the evening.
In the final ten minutes Kilcoo scored three more times to win the game, Donal Kane with a monstrous 50 metre free and Martin Devlin and Conor Laverty with fine scores from play as Burren Kicked two more wides to add to the ten they already missed over the course of the game. 
With time almost up Kilcoo's Aaron Branagan was also given a red card for something the umpire spotted but Kilcoo had produced the goods and deservedly were the victors.
Burren will know this was a great chance to defeat the Magpies, but on the night too many of their players underperformed.
Corner backs Caolan Fitzpatrick and Conor Cox done well and will learn from this experience, while Ryan Treanor battled hard as a lonesome forward for long periods. Eamon Toner was impressive when introduced. 
Kilcoo's game management was top class and their defending on the night was admirable. The full back line all held their own, Niall McEvoy most impressive.
Aaron Branagan and Aidan Fulcher also attacked often and had fine games while veteran Sean O'Hanlon was a steadying influence throughout. 
Donal Kane was excellent in a hard working attack with good support from Conor Laverty and that man Darragh O'Hanlon in the last 20 minutes. 
It wasn't the home dinger people expected but was a low scoring battle that was most enjoyable. 
Burren: Cathal Murdock, Caolan Fitzpatrick, Gerard McEntee, Conor Cox, Stephen Fegan, Gerard McGovern, Kevin McKernan 0-1, Declan Rooney, Mark McKay, David McEntee, Shea McArdle, Cathal Foy, Sean Murdock 0-1, Ryan Treanor 0-4 frees and Ryan McGovern 0-1. Subs used: Eamon Toner, Conail McGovern, Jamie McGovern, Ronan McGrath and Shea Murdock. 
Kilcoo: Stephen Kane, Aidan Fulcher, Niall McEvoy, Patrick Devlin, Aaron Branagan, Sean O'Hanlon, Aidan Branagan 0-1, Felim McGreevy, Paul Devlin 0-1 free, JJ McLaughlin, Donal Kane 0-4, 3 frees, Barry Kane, Conor Laverty 0-1, James McClean and Martin Devlin 0-1. Subs used: Darragh O'Hanlon 0-1, Niall Branagan, Dylan Ward and Aaron Morgan. 
Referee: Brendan Rice (Warrenpoint) 

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