Michael Murphy's Glenswilly undone as Kilcoo book semi spot
Kilcoo 1-12 Glenswilly 1-6
DARRAGH O’HANLON’S penalty swung the game in Kilcoo’s favour as the Down champions defeated 13-man Glenswilly in Newry.
Michael Murphy’s penalty had Glenswilly 1-4 to 0-6 ahead at half-time, but the game turned in the space of three minutes.
Cathal Gallagher fired wide with a glorious goal chance in the 38th minute and was sent off three minutes later for a high tackle on Conor Laverty that resulted in the Kilcoo penalty.
O’Hanlon drilled the penalty down the middle, past goalkeeper James Gallagher and Kilcoo were on their way. Glenswilly also saw Brian Farrelly sent off late in the game.
With Murphy majestic, Glenswilly got into gear having been 0-5 to 0-2 behind by the 20th minute, with Ryan Johnston and Eugene Branagan hitting wonderful scores for the five-in-a-row Down champions.
Murphy, Gary McFadden and Oisin Crawford, with an exceptional effort from distance, narrowed the margin to just a point before Glenswilly took command in the 27th minute.
Farrelly was fouled and Murphy buried the penalty to put the Donegal champions ahead at the interval.
Murphy and Crawford drove Glenswilly clear at the start of the second half, but the Donegal aide – who were 6/1 outsiders to win their county title – wouldn’t raise another white flag.
When Gallagher fired wide and then saw red, things unravelled for Glenswilly. Laverty and Donal Kane tacked on points for Paul McIvor’s team. Kilcoo might have had a second goal, but Eugene Branagan’s powerful shot was brilliantly blocked by Leon Kelly.
O’Hanlon was stretchered off after sustaining an injury that resulted in ten minutes of added time being played. It wasn’t enough for Glenswilly to mount a comeback.
Scorers – Kilcoo: D O’Hanlon 1-1 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), P Devlin 0-4fs, R Johnston 0-3, E Branagan, N Kane (‘45’), C Laverty, D Kane 0-1 each. Glenswilly: M Murphy 1-2 (1-0pen), O Crawford 0-2, G McFadden (f), B Farrelly 0-1 each.
Kilcoo – N Kane; N McEvoy, D O’Hanlon, N Branagan; D Branagan, A Branagan, E Branagan; J McClean, F McGreevy; C Doherty, A Morgan, R Johnston; M Devlin, P Devlin , C Laverty. Subs: D Kane for M Devlin (43), JJ McLoughlin for A Branagan (46), A Branagan for E Branagan (57), S O’Hanlon for P Devlin (58), Gary for Laverty (60), Gerard McEvoy for McLoughlin (BC, 60).
Glenswilly – J Gallagher; P McFadden, E Ward, A McDevitt; C Gibbons, R Diver, J Gibbons; N Gallagher, C Kelly; C Callaghan, C Gallagher, B Farrelly; O Crawford, M Murphy, G McFadden. Subs: C Bonner for Crawford (46), L Kelly for Diver (50), D McGinley for Callaghan (52), K McFadden for C Gibbons (58).
Ref – B Cassidy (Derry).