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COLLEGES| Dungannon Lose Mac Rory Semi.

Saturday 27.02.2016
Team Talk Mag
Club


 

The battle between St Pats Maghera and St Pats Dungannon on Friday night at Loup produced an enthralling encounter that was only decided in the final seconds when a match winning save from Maghera goalkeeper Sean Ó’Caiside earned his team a place in the final. Played in excellent conditions and on a superb surface both teams produced some top quality football before Dungannon captain Liam Rafferty was denied a match winning major right the death.

Dungannon began well and by the twelfth minute led 1-3 to no score following Cormac O’Hagan’s converted penalty. However Maghera captain Conor Glass netted for Maghera almost immediately and the intensity of the exchanges moved up a notch from then on.

With Glass and Jack Doherty dominating primary possession in the middle of the park Shane McGuigan hit a second goal for Maghera on twenty two minutes and the Derry side reached the break 2-4 to 1-6 ahead. While the Slaughtneil forward finished with1-6 it was his club mate O’Caiside who was the real hero of the night for Maghera with three vital saves.

Dungannon needed a good start to the second half but having lost midfielder Kennedy to injury they struggled to gain a foothold in the game. Maghera landed four points in a row and looked certain to ease to victory as they moved 2-8 to 1-6 ahead.

However the Tyrone lads dug deep and driven by Kieran Holland , Liam Rafferty and Michael O’Neill they began to eat into the Maghera lead. Points from O’Hagan, Donnelly and Donaghy gave them hope and late scores from Coleman and Mc Kernan reduced the gap further before Rafferty’s late, late effort was turned aside by the keeper.

The game finished 2-10 to 1-11 and the South Derry lads will go into the final in confident form following this titanic battle.

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