Killinkere assured themselves a place in the quarter-finals of the junior football championship on Saturday after seeing off fellow contenders Knockbride.
Goals in each half helped last year’s beaten finalists to a 2-14 to 0-13 win at St Anne’s Park in Bailieborough, leaving them as the sole side on maximum points on the table three rounds in.
Paul Brady netted Killinkere’s first 11 minutes in after ripping through the Canningstown men’s centre, helping them towards a 1-7 to 0-6 half-time, prior to Darren Smith putting a rubber stamp on the victory in the early stages of the restart with a superbly struck goal.
Larry Reilly would pick up a second caution late on for Knockbride who now need a win over Drumalee in Killygarry on Sunday to be sure of passage through to the last eight.
Mountnugent and Shannon Gaels are on the cusp of a top three finish after booking narrow wins over Redhills and Templeport, respectively at the weekend.
In Stradone, Mountnugent finished out strong to secure a 1-9 to 1-7 win over the border men, while Shannon Gaels edged a western derby with Templeport with goals from Jason McLoughlin and Enda McHugh working the oracle in a 2-9 to 0-14 win at St Mary’s Park, Swanlinbar.
Denn had minimal fuss in handing Corlough a 2-22 to 0-5 hammering to secure a second win and move up to fourth in the table.
The victors led by 1-11 to 0-1 at half-time in Milltown, where goals either side of half-time from Brandon Keogan cruised the Crosskeys men to victory.
Also at O’Connell Park was the meeting of Drung and Kildallan which saw the Bunnoe men run out comfortable 1-10 to 0-6 winners at the finish, while Munterconnacht had 14 to spare in a 3-13 to 0-8 victory over neighbours Maghera in Mullagh.
Drumalee were pushed all the way by Kill Shamrocks at Terry Coyle Park on Sunday afternoon, as they were made dig deep to clinch a 1-8 to 1-7 to leave themselves a win away from the knock-out stages with a showdown against Knockbride to relish this coming Sunday.Tweet