A gallant Holy Trinity Cookstown missed out on the chance to be crowned Danske Bank MacLarnon Cup champions for the first time in their history when they lost out to a strong Patrician High Carrickmacross side at the Athletic Grounds on Thursday afternoon.
David Garland gave an outstanding display for the Monaghan lads hitting 1-8 with all but one of his tally coming from play as it finished 2-15 to 0-13. The final scoreline doesn’t do justice to a Cookstown side who battled until the end on a day when things just didn’t go their way. The winners established a seven point lead at one stage in the first half with Garland getting a number of points and Andrew Woods finding the net. As the interval approached though Holy Trinity rallied with Matthew McGuigan, James Devlin and Conan McLernon all on target as they reduced the gap to 1-7 to 0-6.
a Tomas Carney brace closed the gap to a single score but then Garland struck for his goal in the 39th minute against the run of play. David Mulgrew, Devlin and McLernon had points but Stephen Finnegan, Ryan O’Connor and Garland scores helped the Monaghan lads to victory.