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Academy Through To Oisin Mc Grath Cup Final
St Patrick’s Academy qualified for this year’s Oisin McGrath Cup final, comfortably defeating St Patrick’s Armagh in Dunmoyle.
The close geographical proximity of the schools saw representatives from the Eglish and Moy clubs line out for both schools.
The winners started slowly and Armagh deservedly led 3-1, after 5 minutes Caomh Agnew with all the Armagh scores. Unfortunately for the Armagh lads this was as good as it got for them. Liam McGeary was in excellent form up front as the Academy settled to the task. McGeary was ably assisted by Joel Kerr who was to finish with 0-5.
Dungannon’s half forward line provided a superb platform with Rian McIvor and Lorcan McMurray helping themselves to a brace of points, with captain Davin McKeown playing a more withdrawn role.
On top in most sectors Dungannon eased to 11-4 advantage at half time.
The opening score of the half saw Aaron Convie’s goal bound effort turned into his own net by a retreating Armagh defender. Joel Kerr and Oisin Gribben exchanged points before Armagh registered their goal in the 41st minute. Moy player Matis Rumsevicius was quickest to react when a 45 dropped short and he drove to the net.
Points from Kerr, centre back Ross Daly and McIvor cancelled out the goal as the game entered its final quarter. Both sides took the opportunity to introduce subs before Brian Og McGuckin converted two frees for an Armagh side that never stopped trying. With Dara O’Hagan and Charlie Mulligan in control in defence the Academy eased to victory.
It was fitting that Liam McGeary had the final say, bringing his total to 1-7, the goal saw a free flowing passing move started by Darragh Devlin with contributions from McIvor, McMurray and Kerr before McGeary slammed to the net.
Full Time score : St Patrick’s Academy 2-17 St Patrick’s Armagh 1-7
The final is scheduled for Emyvale on Friday evening with Our Lady’s Castleblaney the opponents.