13 October 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Blackhill 1-16
Sean McDermotts 0-11

The sense of elation was only matched by that of relief as Blackhill finally got over the line after losing the last three Junior championship finals, two of which went to replays, when they proved too potent a force for Sean McDermotts, especially in the second-half of this gripping finale that was played in front of a crowd of some 1,500 in McKeown Park, Drumhowan, on Sunday afternoon last, and in the process they bridged a 64 years gap from the club last won the Junior football championship back in 1952.

Blackhill were full value for their margin of victory as they took over increasingly in the second-half and literally blew Sean McDermotts away with the pace and power of their game, defending resolutely and breaking on quick counter attacks where the pace of the Geehan siblings, Tommy and Michael, along with Philip Donnelly and captain Darren Woods, repeatedly stretched the Sean McDermotts defence to breaking point.

Sean McDermotts were probably marginally the better side in what was a tense enough first half during which the sides were level on 5 occasions and they went in level at the break, Blackhill 1-5, Sean McDermotts 0-8, the Blackhill goal an opportunist one by Philip Donnelly in the 21st minute. There was further drama in stoppage time at the end of the first half with both sides reduced to 14 players, Sean McDermotts Pat Kieran sent…

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