6 September 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Blackhill 1-11
Sean McDermotts 0-12

BLACKHILL are through to their first Junior Football Championship Final since 2004 after they edged past Seán McDermotts in an exciting semi-final at Drumhowan last Sunday.

A goal just before half-time by Hugh Byrne was the crucial score of a closely-fought game which saw Blackhill hold off a final-quarter comeback from the Seáns. That strike helped Blackhill take a six-point lead at one stage and although the Seáns got right back into it with five in a row, Dermot Daly’s fifth pointed free saw the mid-Monaghan side over the line.

The Threemilehouse men were left to rue the injury-enforced absence of Paddy Kieran (Jnr.) and James Treanor, who had hit 5-11 between them in their previous three championship matches, although Blackhill lost top scorer Colin Woods for a large part of the game due to a hamstring strain. Daly, Byrne, Anthony and Ryan Courtney and Darren Woods played key roles for Blackhill, while Damien Larkin, Páraic McGuirk and Derek McMahon led the Seáns challenge.

Blackhill started brightly, as Colin Woods opened the scoring and Darren Woods linked up with Eamon Byrne to double their lead. They also almost created a goal chance when a Darren Woods pass was intercepted by Páraic McGuirk, while the Seáns went close at the other end when Philip Farrell hit the left upright and the rebound fell for Damien Larkin, who was blocked by Shane Courtney.
The Seáns got off the mark in the 12th minute when Larkin converted a …

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