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Fog Calls Halt To Semi Final

Thursday 28.02.2019
Team Talk Mag


Danske Bank MacRory Cup Semi Final Replay


St.Patrick’s Armagh 1-7 Omagh CBS 0-4 (match abandoned at halftime)

Omagh CBS and St.Patrick’s Armagh will have to meet again at the Athletic Grounds on Friday evening after their Danske Bank MacRory Cup semi final on Wednesday evening at the same venue was abandoned at halftime due to dense fog.

Armagh were in the ascendency at the time as they led by half a dozen points but there is no doubt the correct call was made and perhaps it should have been made earlier in the game. The contest started but as the first half progressed visibility decreased to such an extent that Antrim official Sean Laverty was left with no choice but to call the game off. The two sides will meet again at the same venue on Friday evening for the right to play St.Michael’s Enniskillen in decider.


Daniel Fullerton had opened the scoring for the Tyrone lads but Ryan Bradley levelled matters before Michael Conroy edged Armagh in front. Even at that stage with only six minutes gone both managements teams were in consultation along the side-lines with members of the Ulster Schools committee as to whether the game should progress.


For a brief spell the fog looked like lifting but towards the end of the first half neither sets of goals were visible. Having got the lead Armagh went about their business with Justin Kieran making it 0-3 to 0-1 before they grabbed a goal at the end of the opening quarter.


Sean Quigley and Dillion Horsfield were involved in the build up with Tom Weir first timing the ball to the net despite Omagh keeper Oran Grimes getting a hand to it. Bradley and Conroy added to Armagh’s tally as they raced into a 1-6 to 0-1 lead despite the fact that conditions were deteriorating. Omagh CBS did rally briefly with points from Liam Gray and Simon Garrity before a Conroy free brought the scoring to a close and in fact that game.



Omagh CBS: O Grimes, R Hollywood, A Fox, T Donaghy, C McBride, A Montgomery, E Montgomery, L McBride, R Kennedy, S Garrity (0-1), L Gray (0-2, 2F), S McDonagh, D Fullerton (0-1), M Hayes, A McConnell.



St.Patrick’s Armagh: J Gibney, O Conatty, O McKeagney, A Harney, S Quigley, C Toner, N Boyle, M McGleenan, O Hughes, D Horsfield (0-1), M Conroy (0-3, 2F), T Weir (1-0), R Bradley (0-2), J Kieran (0-1), L Coulter. Sub: R McDonald for McGleenan (black card)


Referee: S Laverty, Antrim




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