Kildress Vs Loughmacrory

Last weekend, Kildress took on Loughmacrory in the Power NI Tyrone IFC semi-finals in Killyclogher.

Kildress were very impressive in the first half with noticeable performances coming from Damien Kelly, Frank Mc Gurk and Conor Mc Aleer. The Wolfe Tones dominated a lot of possession for most of the opening 30 minutes and looked to be certain to make the final after going in 0-08 to 0-03 at half time.

Perhaps they were thinking that too but Loughmacrory showed plenty of the grit that earned them a semi-final spot and narrowed the deficit to 3 points thanks to scores from sharp-shooter Ronan Ward.  There was less action during the second period and scores were a rarity especially for Kildress Wolfe Tones who went for an astonishing 32 minutes in the second half before they registered their first score! But Loughmacrory failed to capitalize on this and lost out 0-09 to 0-07 at the final whistle.

Kildress will be disappointed in their second half performance but they will be glad they have made it to the Power NI Tyrone IFC final against Galbally. I wasn’t at the Galbally semi-final game on Saturday (against Stewartstown) but I heard they also struggled to finish them off in the second half despite taking a considerable first half lead. Either way, one of these teams will be guaranteed a return to senior football status on the 16th October.

Referee Cathal O'Hagan pictured with team captains Des Treacy and Damian Mc Aleer.

 

Kildress ace forward Frank Mc Gurk. The Kildress team each wore a black armband as a mark of respect to the former Armagh footballer and Kildress native Kieran Mc Gurk who passed away suddenly last week. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

 

Midfield action from Killyclogher on Sunday.

 

Frank Mc Gurk created havoc for the Loughmacrory defence in the first half.

 

Damien Kelly shakes off Loughmacrory's Brian Mc Crystal.

 

Damien Kelly drives towards the Loughmacrory goals.

 

The second half was dominated by spells of play around the middle of the field with few scores from either team.

 

Niall Donaghy gets a shot in for Loughmacrory.

 

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