OUR Lady’s Castleblayney picked up their second win in Group C of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup in a dramatic game at Garvaghey that saw two of their players red-carded. Holy Trinity also had a played black-carded at a crucial stage of the game.
Cookstown looked the more comfortable team in the opening half and points from Ryan Nugent, Conor Devlin and Shea Lawn saw them lead by 0-3 to 0-2. Then right before half-time came the fire works. Goals from Dara McMahon and Canice Murphy were off-set by the dismissal of a ‘Blayney midfielder with a straight red.
Nevertheless Our Lady’s started the second half well and a goal from Max McGinnity moved them into a lead of eight points after 40 minutes. Michael McElhatton got Holy Trinity going again with a fisted goal that was soon cancelled by Tadhg Hegarty. A second red card for Castleblayney, this time the goalie, and a few frees from McElhatton saw the gap between the teams close and with five minutes left it was down to a point.
‘Blayney broke however and full-forward Senan Hegarty grabbed a vital point. At the other end Eoin Long managed just one point in reply, meaning that the beaten finalists of the past two years must beat St Patrick’s Cavan in their final group game to stay in the competition.
Holy Trinity: M McElhatton 1-5, L and S Lawn 0-2 each, E Long, C Mullan, J Concannon, R Nugent and C Devlin 0-1 each.
Our Lady’s: M McGinnity 1-3, D McMahon 1-2, C Murphy 1-0, T Hegarty 1-0, S Hanratty 0-1