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Holy Trinity Progress In Mac Rory Cup
Holy Trinity safely navigated their way to the play off round of the Danske MacRory Cup with the Cookstown school emerging victorious against a gallant St Patrick’s Armagh. St Mary’s Magherafelt’s victory the previous evening meant that both sides knew that defeat would end their participation in the competition.
The Clonmore pitch was in excellent condition with Armagh starting the game with slight wind advantage. Dara McCloskey opened the scoring from a free for St Patrick’s before Liam Lawn levelled matters. Armagh keeper Ryan McAlary made the first of several fine saves to deny Conan Devlin with Michael McElhatton converting the resultant 45 while at the other end Padraig O’Keefe kicked a 45.
A brace of points from McCloskey nudged Armagh in front.
Holy Trinity’s best player Ryan Quinn opened his account with an excellent point off the outside of the boot. Ruairi McHugh then fisted a point before Ryan Quinn converted a free to allow HTC to regain the lead they were never to lose.
Armagh had been reduced to fourteen players after Caolan Muldoon picked up a black card. HTC used the advantage to press forward with McAlary denying goal bound efforts from McElhatton and Shea McCann.
As half time approached Ben Conroy’s fierce shot was deflected wide with Michael McElhatton firing over a free to give Holy Trinity a 6-4 lead after an even first half.
Cormac Devlin opened the scoring in the 33rd minutes before moments later Armagh lost midfielder Tadhg Grimley to a straight Red following an off the ball incident.
Another goal chance was wasted by HTC before Quinn kicked his third point. Things went from bad to worse worse for Armagh when Padraig O’Keefe picked up a black card reducing their numbers to thirteen.
As the game entered its final quarter Dara McCloskey converted a free before quick fire points from Conan Devlin and Jack Martin left 5 between the teams.
Armagh full back Caolan Muldoon kicked a fine score from distance with Ryan Quinn responding for the winners.
With numerical supremacy Cookstown were able to maintain the advantage until injury time before Conan Devlin got his second score of the game.
Armagh tried in vain to create the goal chance, with a long delivery bouncing over the ball, their only reward, as Luke Cullen stood firm in full back ably assisted by Conor Devlin.
Jack Martin got the find score of the game to leave it 13-6 to the Cookstown school.
As 3 schools finished on 4 points, scoring difference saw holders Magherafelt top the section and move directly to the quarter finals. Cookstown will host St Patricks Cavan, Dungannon Academy will play Enniskillen with Armagh bowing out.
Play off games scheduled for early January