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Late Equaliser Denies Academy

Friday 14.02.2014
Team Talk Mag

St.Patrick’s Academy Dungannon 2-13 Abbey CBS 2-13

Conor Doyle came to Abbey CBS’s rescue at the Athletic Grounds on Thursday night when he converted a free with the last kick of the game to deny St.Patrick’s Academy victory in a pulsating Danske Bank MacRory Cup quarter final.

After being outplayed for most of the first half Dungannon looked the likely winners as the game slipped into injury time but a Conor McCoy breathed new life into the Abbey challenge before Doyle grabbed that last ditch equaliser.

The Newry lads led by five points at the short whistle and they were full value for that advantage and indeed they could have been further in front. They moved the ball a lot quicker than their opponents with the movement of their forwards in particular causing Dungannon problems.

By the ninth minute Abbey CBS were 0-3 to 0-1 in front thanks to efforts from Ryan Treanor and Conor Doyle [2], Tiarnan Donnelly with the Dungannon point. Academy midfielder Ruairi McGlone then hit a great score before Che O’Donnell levelled matters.

Doyle then hit an outstanding point following a great catch but in the 16th minute the Tyrone school took the lead for the first time in the game when half back Conor McCabe first timed the ball to the net from close range after Conn Kilpatrick’s shot had been brilliantly saved by Abbey CBS keeper Aidan Morgan.

The rest of the first half though belonged to the Newry lads as they completely dominated their opponents with some passages of superb football. Within thirty seconds of that goal they had got a major of their own with midfielder Niall Rafferty blasting home in style.

That score lifted them with Treanor, Eoin McParland and Conor McCoy all weighing in with quality points. They should have had another goal as well but Donagh McAleenan elected to lift the ball instead of pulling on it although he did lay it off for Daniel Kane to point.

A Treanor free made it 1-5 without reply while Doyle was guilty of a shocking miss from only thirteen metres out when he hit the post. Dungannon finally ended their barren spell when O’Donnell pointed in injury time but it was Abbey who led 1-9 to 1-4 at the break.

Whatever was said to Dungannon at the break certainly had the desired effect as within three minutes they were back on level terms thanks to a Donnelly brace and a goal from midfielder McGlone.

Both sides swapped points before Dungannon moved four clear with scores from Sean Doran and substitute duo Fintan McClure and Stephen McGrath. They were on the verge of becoming the first side into this season’s semis until that dramatic late finale denied them.

St.Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon: C Donaghy; C Higgins, P O’Neill, M McKernan; C McCabe [1-0], S Doran [0-1], C Byrne [0-1]; R McGlone [1-1], M Mulgrew; D Conroy, R Coleman, C Kilpatrick; M Lynn, C O’Donnell [0-2], T Donnelly [0-5, 2f]. Subs: R Quinn for McCabe, F McClure [0-2] for Kilpatrick, S McGrath [0-1] for Coleman [BC]

Abbey CBS: A Morgan; R Magee, F Quinn, L Byrne;, C McCartan, C McKinney, K McEvoy; N Rafferty [1-0], P McGrath; E McParland [0-1], D McAleenan [0-1], C McCoy [1-1]; R Treanor [0-5, 3f], C Doyle [0-4, 2f], D Kane [0-1]. Subs: S Dobbin for McKinney, S Cooper for Kane, J Collins for Byrne, P Murdock for McEvoy

Referee – M Higgins, Fermanagh



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