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Dungannon Academy Win Brock Cup
St.Patrick’s Academy Dungannon lifted the Danske Bank Brock Cup at Emyvale on Monday afternoon when they defeated holders St.Patrick’s Cavan 3-16 to 2-15 in a thrill a minute encounter that required extra time to decide.
An out of sorts Dungannon side trailed by six points with only ten minutes left to play when a brilliant Mark Quinn goal reignited their challenge. Cavan still looked like holding on until defender Stephen Corr showed nerves of steel to convert an injury time penalty to take the game to two additional periods.
That score deflated the holders and was an obvious boost to Dungannon who forged five clear during the opening period. Cavan though showed what they are made of to hit back in the second period of extra time but in the end the Academy came good when it really mattered.
Team captain Cormac O’Hagan produced a master class in dead ball kicking for the winners with eight points to his name, two of which were “45s”, with some of those scores coming at crucial times when his side weren’t playing well. By the 12th minute Cavan were 1-3 to 0-1 to the good with Leddy getting their goal but a well taken major from full forward Mark Donnelly helped Dungannon to be somehow on level terms with their opponents at the break, O’Hagan landing five first half points.
Ryan Coleman edged Dungannon in front on the resumption but then Cavan enjoyed a purple patch with Killian Leddy, Fortune and Paul Leddy all on target and when Donohoe got a goal they were in the driving seat. The Academy dug deep and despite having full back Jack Devlin sent off for a second yellow card they forced extra time.
Shay Gordan, O’Hagan, Donnelly and Coleman all tagged on Academy points at the start of extra time to enable them to turn round 3-13 to 2-12 to the good. To their credit Cavan responded through Donohoe and Leddy to reduce the gap to the minimum but Donnelly, Tiernan Teague and O’Hagan had the final say for Dungannon. Paul Leddy was straight red carded moments from the end.
St Patrick’s Dungannon – E McAleer, S Gordan [0-1], J Devlin, K Holland, M McKernan, S Corr [1-0], T Teague [0-1], B Kennedy, C O’Hagan [0-8], M Quinn [1-0], R Coleman [0-4], P Quinn, D Kerr, M Donnelly [1-2], C Campbell. Subs – B Haveron for P Quinn, C Corr for Haveron