Kilcoo edge rivals Burren for Down SFC three-in-a-row

November 07, 2021

Kilcoo's Jerome Johnston. ©INPHO/Bryan Keane.

Jerome Johnston’s early goal helped steer Kilcoo towards their third consecutive Down senior football championship crown at Burren’s expense this afternoon.

The 2019 Ulster champions secured the title on a 1-12 to 0-13 score-line at Pairc Esler, where they’d led by 1-7 to 0-5 at the half.

Johnston’s strike came after four minutes and would see the holders go on take a 1-3 to 0-2 lead by the first water break and a pair of Ryan Johnston points had the margin out to five before Ronan McGrath stemmed the tide for Burren.

Donal O’Hare and Paul Devlin (free) swapped points in first-half injury-time that left the difference at five and Burren wouldn’t make any inroads until after the second water break.

O’Hare’s hat-trick of points and one from David McEntee suddenly saw the scoreboard reading 1-11 to 0-12 heading towards injury-time but Burren couldn’t kick on further.

Instead, Anthony Morgan kicked a settling point for Kilcoo in the 61st minute and the only response would be another O’Hare point which proved consolation for Burren in the end.

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