Monday 17th October 2022
The past weekend was a marvellous advert for Down club football with three hugely entertaining County finals across the Junior, Intermediate and Senior grades.On Friday night Teconnaught claimed the Parador Lodge Junior title with a win over Dromara in a fabulous encounter. Dromara began well and found themselves 0-7 - 0-2 infront with Luke Savage in superb form but Teconnaught were not to be denied and battled back superbly with Patrick Grant scoring an unbelievable 0-11 out if 1-13 as well as playing a splendid pass in the build up to Anthony Davis’ goal. This was a game played in a wonderful spirit with plenty of attacking ambition, threat and flare throughout. Saturday’s Parador Lodge Intermediate final was very similar. Rostrevor got the perfect start against Saval with captain Shaun Parr betting in the opening seconds but Saval dug in and played hard. Their own captain, Daniel McCarthy, scored one of the goals of the championship with ten minutes to half time and, having got ahead through the goal, Saval never fell behind again. Leading by one at half time they went five clear in the second half. Rostrevor got it back to a single point with a rousing comeback but Saval had another kick in them and a lovely point from Pat Havern sent them on their way to a memorable victory. In the Morgan Fuels Senior final it took extra time to seperate Kilcoo and Warrenpoint. Ryan Johnston scored a first half goal that gave Kilcoo some breathing space and, over the game Paul Devlin and Miceal Rooney were key scorers with 0-5 and 0-3 respectively. Warrenpoint scored three points in the last ten minutes to force extra time - Alan Davidson being their main marksman with a total of 0-7 to his name. In extra time Kilcoo started brilliantly and went four ahead but the Point refused to lie down and got it back to a point only to fall just short. We congratulate all our winners on their achievements and commiserate with all the beaten finalists. Every one of the clubs can be proud of what they have done in the Championship this year.