Friday 16th September 2022
Remaining games of Round 2
Sunday’s weather dictated that the games played would be unlikely to resemble what we recognise as championship football. Nevertheless, all those tasked with playing went out and battled the conditions as well as their opponents. In the Morgan Fuels Senior Football Championship Castlewellan overcame Bredagh 2-7 - 1-3. Rory Burns’ goal had given the Town a five point first half lead but against the wind Sean Blayney goaled for Bredagh and the half time score was 1-4 - 1-0 for Castlewellan.A goal in the second half from Rossa McCartan left Castlewellan more comfortable and Gareth McKibben was on fine point scoring form. A late rally of three points from Bredagh wasn’t enough to help them force a way back into the game. In Newcastle later in the evening conditions worsened further and Downpatrick and Burren were deadlocked at 0-1 each with fifteen minutes to play. Ultimately it was goals from Ryan Treanor and Ryan Magill that edged Burren to victory. In the Parador Lodge Intermediate Championship Saval overcame a stubborn Tullylish. In the end it was 2-14 - 1-5 but at half time it was just 1-6 - 1-3. Special mention goes to Reece McInerney who scored Tullylish’s entire 1-5 (and sits on a very impressive 1-14 from his two championship appearances so far this season). Aughlisnafin ultimately overcame St Paul’s in a game that, for long periods, looked destined for extra time. At half time they were level (1-2 - 0-5), Fearghal Eastwood scoring the St Paul’s goal and they were still deadlocked nearing injury time but the ‘fin found the late points to win it with Adam Garland especially impressive finishing with a personal tally of 0-8 as Aughlisnafin battled to a 0-12 - 1-7 victory There were three Down club football Championship games on Monday evening to conclude Round 2 of the Senior and Intermediate Championships. In the Parador Lodge Intermediate Championship there was an impressive two point win for St John’s, Drumnaquoile over Ballymartin. Eoin Moag continued his goalscoring form from the first round while Chris McKay notched 0-7 in the victory. Annaclone overcame a stubborn St John Bosco side 2-7 - 0-9. Again, Bosco struggled to get the scores that could have got them over the line and it was Annaclone’s ruthless streak that propelled them to success. In the Morgan Fuels Senior Championship Kilcoo survived a slow start to ultimately triumph by 11 points against Ballyholland. The Harps flew out of the blocks and played their way to a 0-4 - 0-1 lead but penalties from Jerome Johnston either side of half time swung the game in Kilcoo’s favour while Ryan Johnston also netted a late goal to make things comfortable for the Magpies and take them straight through to the quarter final.