Kildress Vs Carrickmacross

Two weeks after Kildress’s success in the Tyrone Intermediate Championship against Galbally, they were back in action in Healy Park to take on Monaghan champions Carrickmacross in the Ulster Championship quarter finals. Due to the clash of jerseys, Kildress were in their ‘away’ red kit while Carrickmacross wore the Farney’s army’s county top.

Kildress used the advantage of the wind to their benefit in the first half as Frank Mc Gurk, Des Tracey and Damian Kelly got on the scoresheet as the Carrickmacross defence struggled to deal with the Wolfe Tones and they deservedly went in 0-06 to 0-03 up at half time.

It was Carrickmacross’s turn to use the breeze to their advantage in the second half but it was Frank Mc Gurk and Matthew Heagney that scored first to leave 5 points between the teams. Things were looking comfortable for Kildress. However, mainly due to some poor refereeing from Antrim’s Gregory Walsh, Kildress conceded scores to Stephen Gollogly and Andrew Callan and then they were dealt with the blow of a straight red card to their half back Peter Hagan for something no one could explain!

As the minutes counted down, Carrickmacross levelled 0-08 t0 0-08 and as the game went into stoppage time, Kildress could not overcome the Carrickmacross momentum and they bowed out of the Ulster Championship 0-11 to 0-08. It was a disappointing end to the year for Kildress, especially to have been 3 points up at half time, but they are still the champions of Tyrone. Many felt Kildress could have progressed on further in Ulster this year and they probably felt robbed following the below-par performance from referee Gregory Walsh in the second half which was vented by the players and supporters as he left the field.


The Kildress team warm up before the game in Healy Park.


Kildress's Michael Crawley keeps the ball close to his chest as Neil Mc Enaney follows.



Damian Kelly collects the ball ahead of his Carrickmacross marker.


Fran Loughran moves up the field for Kildress.


Philip Mc Kenna is slide-tackled in the Kildress back line.


Damian Kelly pounces on Neil Mc Enaney in the second half.


Peter Hagan was as shocked as the rest of us when Gregory Walsh sent him off after he got injured in a clash!


Mark Downey darts around the Kildress defenders.


Gavan Tracey tries his best to hold off Carrickmacross's Peter O'Hanlon.


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