Kilcoo won the Down MFC for three years in a row, 2009, 2010 and 2011, so on paper would have been the favourites for this year's u20 competition. They have 10 u20 players on their senior panel, with three in the starting line-up for the win in last week's senior county final, so perhaps a Kilcoo poster could indicate how many of these were unavailable yesterday. Rostrevor look certain to make the semi finals as a result.
Mayobridge have not been strong at this particular level so their defeat to Warrenpoint, who are also likely semi finalists, was predictable, while Burren and Bryansford should have quite a battle for qualification.
The final group looks a very tight one, with Bredagh and Carryduff meeting in the last round of fixtures and Castlewellan and Lower Mourne both capable of bouncing back after their defeats yesterday.