Kilcoo take Down title as red cards cost Loughlinisland

Kilcoo 2-9 Loughlinisland 1-4

Kilcoo 2-9 Loughlinisland 1-4

Kilcoo held Loughlinisland scoreless in the second half as they powered to their first Down SFC title since 1937 at Pairc Esler, Newry this afternoon.

It was a game which saw both sides enjoy periods of dominance, but Kilcoo dug deep when it mattered most to claim a history-making 2-9 to 1-4 victory.

Jamie O'Reilly's goal helped Loughlinisland to 1-4 to 0-5 interval lead, but things took a turn for the worst for his side in the second half.

Red cards for Down midfielder Dan Gordon and Seamus O'Hare were major blows for Loughlinisland, as Kilcoo seized full control.

A 39th minute goal from Dominic McEvoy and Paul Devlin's successful penalty kick were vital scores, although Kilcoo were reduced to 14 men late on following the dismissal of Aidan Brannigan, who got involved in a scuffle with Gordon.

More in this section

Join us for a special evening of Cheltenham chat on Friday March 12 at 6.30pm with racing legend and Irish Examiner columnist Ruby Walsh, Irish Examiner racing correspondent Tommy Lyons, and former champion jockey and tv presenter Mick Fitzgerald, author of Better than Sex.

Sport
Newsletter

Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up
Home Delivery
logo-ie

HOME DELIVERY SERVICE

Have the Irish Examiner delivered to your door. No delivery charge. Just pay the cover price.