ST PATRICK’S Academy Dungannon picked up Ulster Schools’ Junior Medallion Shield for the very first time in Armagh yesterday after leading the holders Sacred Heart Newry from pillar to post in the final.
Captain and free-taker Emma Holmes hit the first two of her six points during the opening five minutes and cousins Eva (2) and Orla Cullen added three more points as the Academy built up an interval lead of 0-6 to 0-1.
While the eventual winners could have been further ahead, Sacred Heart also squandered chances throughout the game. Their defence worked well with Grace Clancy and Eimear McAvoy strong, but only Orla Crimmons up front looked capable of causing the Academy any real problems.
Crimmins scored their only point of the opening half and added another on the re-start, but Holmes hit three frees in a row and the Academy were in control at 0-9 to 0-2 by the second water-break.
There was a slight hiccup for the winners when Emer Smyth fired in an excellent goal in the fifty second minute, but Catherine Moohan popped over the score of the game in reply and the Academy went on to take the title with Holmes, Moohan, Olivia McGuinness and the Cullen cousins always prominent.
St Patrick’s Academy: C Nelis, Á Arthur, E Maxwell, C Hughes, M Cunningham, O
McGuinness, C Doherty, E Holmes 0-6 frees, N Donaghy, G Daly, C Moohan 0-2, O Cullen
0-2, AR Farley, E Cullen 0-3 (1f), A Rafferty
Subs: G McKenna for A Rafferty (24), K Cushnahan for AR Farley (45)
Sacred Heart : C Curtis, G Hand, M Mulholland, C McCreesh, A Murney, E McAvoy, G
Clancy, M Tumilty, B O’Hanlon, T Powers, O Crimmins, S Doherty, J Gribben, E Smyth, C
Subs: N McGivern for C Mullan (24), H Hardy for J Gribben (HT)