St Patrick’s Academy 0-16 1-8 St Michael’s Enniskillen
St Patrick’s Academy made it two wins from two matches. In the process qualifying as top seeds for the knock-out stages with a game to spare, following victory over a spirited St Michaels Enniskillen in Clogher.
Following last week’s snatch and grab victory over St Mary’s this was a much more controlled and composed performance from Dungannon. The accuracy of Liam McGeary and in particular Sean Hughes, who was to finish 0-7, five from placed balls a telling factor as was their defence with Fiacra Nelis, Davin McKeown and Conall Morgan playing pivotal roles in handling a lively Enniskillen attack.
St Michael’s opened the scoring in the second minute, Mattie McDermott confidently converting a mark. Dungannon quickly settled with a brace of Sean Hughes points sandwiching efforts from Finn Spence and Liam McGeary. Shaun McCarron stemmed the flow with a well worked score before a long-range Sean Hughes free saw the Academy lead by three midway through the first half.
Enniskillen almost snatched the game’s first goal, in the 18th minute, Burns reacted to claim the ball after it rebounded high into play. He fed James Corry whose first time shot was superbly cleared off the line by his marker Luke Neeson, at the expense of a point.
Dungannon finished the half strongly as further scores from Hughes and Patrick McGeary saw the Academy lead 8-4 at the short whistle.
Conor O’Hanlon spurned a goal chance for St Michaels in the opening minute but kicked a free minutes later. Dungannon kept the scoreboard ticking a brace of points from Liam McGeary and a further Hughes free extended the advantage.
As the game entered its final quarter Dara Cathcart almost scored a wonderful goal, a lovely jink and his shot cannoned back off the upright, points from O’Hanlon and Cathcart did reduce the deficit.
Scores from Liam McGeary, Finn Spence and Conall Sheehy seemed to confirm victory for St Patricks. A James Corry goal following a long delivery from Liam MacEnri in the 60th minute gave Enniskillen renewed hope. However Dungannon were in no mood to let this one slip, Conall Sheehy strode through the middle and impressively split the posts to secure a five point victory.
St Patrick’s: Sean Hughes 0-7 (0-5 fs) Liam McGeary 0-4, Finn Spence & Conall Sheehy 0-2 each, Patrick McGeary 0-1 (0-1m)
St Michael’s: James Corry 1-1, Conor O’Hanlon 0-3 (0-2fs,)Mattie McDermott 0-2 (0-1f, 0-1m), Shaun McCarron & Dara Cathcart 0-1 each