Ulster Club Football semi-finals: Kilcoo out to end Ballinderry hopes

Kilcoo manager Jim McCorry says he is focusing on the performance of his own side in Sunday's Ulster semi-final against Ballinderry.

Kilcoo will be out to claim their second major scalp within the space of a week when they face Ballinderry in the Ulster Club Football semi-finals.

The Down champions saw off Crossmaglen Rangers after a quarter-final which took two games and almost three hours of football to produce a winner.

Ballinderry last won the Ulster club title in 2001 but were losing finalists in the 2006 and 2008 deciders.

Fermanagh champions Roslea play Donegal champions Glenswilly in the other semi.

Brothers Sean and Seamus Quigley are again expected to play key roles for the Erne county's representatives after starring in the 1-12 to 0-11 victory over Cavan champions Ballinagh at the last eight stage.

Glenswilly recorded an impressive 1-10 to 0-10 success over St Gall's in their quarter-final, with Donegal and Ireland International Rules captain Michael Murphy hitting 1-4.

Glenswilly's Michael Murphy
Michael Murphy scored 1-4 in Glenswilly's quarter-final victory

A total of 1-7 of Glenswilly's points tally in that game came from set-pieces, with Murphy and Gary McFadden doing decisive damage to their Antrim opponents' hopes.

If Roslea are to have any chance of progression at Healy Park, they cannot afford to give away too many frees or 45s given the prolific nature of the kickers they face.

Ballinderry, who have now won three Derry titles in a row but by their own admission were fortunate to overcome Scotstown, lock horns with Kilcoo at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.

"We have been waiting far too long for an Ulster title," said Ballinderry manager Martin McKinless.

"Sure, we have had good players but while we have managed to get our hands on Derry titles, the Ulster prize has eluded the club since 2001. That's a long famine by Ballinderry standards."

Kilcoo boss Jim McCorry awaits news of the fitness of Niall McEvoy, Jerome Johnston, Anthony Devlin and Felim McGreevy, among others.

"I was manager of Mayobridge in 2002 when Ballinderry beat us in Ulster and went on to win the All-Ireland so I don't want a repeat of that," said McCorry.

"From our point of view, we'll sit down and look at our own game. It's not so much what we know about them, but more about our performance and what we do.

"They'll have watched us to learn how we set up but we have the benefit of another competitive game under our belt to boost our match fitness.

"The down side is that we have injuries which Ballinderry don't have."

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