Kilcoo (Down) 1-12 Glenswilly (Donegal) 1-06

Kilcoo battled their way through to the semi-finals with a hard-fought victory over Glenswilly at Pairc Esler.

In a game that swung back and forth, it was Kilcoo who got off to the brighter start and early points from Darragh O’Hanlon, Paul Devlin and Eugene Branagan saw the Down side race into a 0-04 to 0-01 lead.

For a time it looked as if they could run away with the game, but slowly Glenswilly reeled them back in.

Points from Michael Murphy and Gary McFadden helped to reduce the deficit to a point before Murphy found the back of the net from the penalty spot to give the Donegal men a 1-04 to 0-06 lead at the break.

The game then turned on another penalty, this time in favour of Kilcoo and when O’Hanlon rattled the back of the net from the spot, the momentum, and a 1-08 to 1-06 lead, was suddenly with Kilcoo again.

This time they would not give Glenswilly a way back into the game and scores from Branagan, Conor Laverty and Donal Kane saw Kilcoo take control.

There was even time for goalkeeper Niall Kane to get on the scoresheet as he sent over a '45’ in the closing stages.