St.Patricks Academy ensured that Tyrone will be doubly represented in the forthcoming Corn na Og quarter finals when they staged a superb comeback to defeat St.Macartans Monaghan in a play off encounter at Emyvale on Friday afternoon. The Monaghan lads had established a seven point lead by the 21st minute as Ciaran Treanor and Ramanous Ramanouskas both found the net, Enda McGarrity and Corin Kelly with points for Dungannon. A minute into injury time at the end of the opening period McGarrity gave his side a lifeline when he hammered the ball to the roof of the net to reduce the deficit to 2-4 to 1-3 at the break. The second half was only a couple of minutes old when Ross Lavery found the Monaghan net as well but going into the final quarter St.Macartans had gone three points in front again. Substitute Conn Kilpatrick reduced the deficit before McGarrity and Lavery helped draw their side level. With time running out St.Macartans struck for what looked the winner through
Evan Momagh but the Academy had other ideas and two points from Lavery either side of one from Kilpatrick saw them through on a 2-9 to 2-7 score line. This was a fine battling performance from Dungannon with Liam Linden, Darragh McCann and substitute Rhys Teague playing well in defence, Corin Kelly and Cormac O’Hagan working hard in midfield and Peter Herron, Ross Lavery and team Captain Enda McGarrity causing the Monaghan defence problems up front. Before the game a minutes silence was held in memory of the late Michaela McAreavey who taught Irish and Religious Studies at the Academy.