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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 November, 2004, 16:18 GMT
Mayobridge see off Carrickmore
Davitt McElroy of Carrickmore battles with Mayobridge's Eoghan Woods
Mayobridge's Benny Coulter is relishing an AIB Ulster Club final meeting with the mighty Crossmaglen Rangers after a two-point win over Carrickmore.

The Down champions will play Cross at Casement Park on Sunday 28 November with a 1400 GMT throw-in.

"It will be a fierce battle," said Coulter, one of Mayobridge's scorers in the 2-07 to 0-11 semi-final success.

"We have looked up to them for the last five or six years and are delighted to be playing them."

Mayobridge were ahead from start to finish against Carrickmore although the Tyrone champions did come storming back in the second half.

I think we won it in the first half
Benny Coulter
The evergreen full-forward Mickey Linden landed the first point for the Down side after just 36 seconds with John Quinn quickly adding a second.

Robbie Coulter converted a couple of frees and then snapped up the goal which game Mayobridge a 1-05 to 0-03 advantage.

Mark Donnelly, Kevin McNally and Brian Gormley were among the points for Carrickmore but a Benny Coulter goal in the second half appeared to seal their fate.

Carrickmore fought back in the later stages, despite having Gormley carried off injured.

When Peter Loughran knocked over a point the gap was down to three but 'Bridge kept their noses in front to book their place against Cross.

"I think we won it in the first half," added Down county star Coulter, rated as one of the best forwards in Ireland.

"The goals were crucial. I think we went seven points up when I got the second goal.

"They came back well and the referee blew the whistle at the right time for us."

Mayobridge veteran Linden is a big doubt for the final because of a hamstring injury.

Interview: Benny Coulter of Mayobridge

Report: Ger Treacey on Mayobridge's semi-final win

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