Magheracloone Are Ulster Intermediate Champions 2019

Magheracloone Mitchells claimed the Ulster Intermediate title in a 1-15 to 0-13 win over Galbally Pearses in the Athletic Grounds in Armagh writes Michael Cooke.

The achievement is even more special given Magheracloone have had to rise from the rubble and practically start from scratch after their grounds were destroyed as a consequence of the collapse of a disused nearby mine last year.

James Kierans’ side got all of their scores from play in a masterclass of forward play. Paudie McMahon finished with 1-4 from play.

The first quarter was evenly contested with both sides scoring three points each. Tommy Freeman chipped in with a brace of points from Magheracloone in that period.

Magheracloone dominated the second quarter with Freeman, McMahon and Gavin Doogan all to the fore and they led by 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.

Maghercloone made the better start to the second half and they opened up a four-point gap as they entered the final quarter.

Five minutes later the gap was increased to six when Paudie McMahon scored the only goal of the game.

Galbally enjoyed a brief period of dominance when they halved the deficit to three but a point each from McMahon and Allan Kieran put a gloss on the scoreboard from a Magheracloone perspective and they led by five at the final whistle.