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Magherafelt Back in MacRory Decider

Sunday 25.02.2018
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St Mary’s Grammar School Magherafelt will contest their second MacRory Cup final in a row following victory over St Patrick’s College Maghera in Bellaghy on Sunday afternoon. The game which attracted almost 3500 people was delayed for ten minutes but that didn’t effect the holders who despite playing into a stiff breeze were 1-0 to 0-0 up inside the opening two minutes.

Ballymaguigan man Daniel Bradley converted the spot kick ahead of four unanswered points from Maghera via three Lorcan McWilliams frees and a Alex Doherty point from open play. Bradley and Doherty traded points in the 12th and 18th minutes to leave St Pat’s a point up 0-5 to 1-1. A minute later Magherafelt retook the lead and wouldn’t lose it again. A superb move involving Cormac Murphy and Ruairi Keenan put Tiarnan McAteer in for a goal and two minutes later a long ball into the box from Johnny McErlain was pushed bravely to the net by the excellent Liam Quinn.

That left Magherafelt 3-2 to 0-5 up with four minutes left until the break. Lorcan McWilliams offered Maghera some hope converting his fourth free of the half before Jude McAtamney landed an excellent 45 three minutes into injury time for St Pat’s. Half time score St Mary’s 3-2 St Patrick’s 0-7.

Playing with the breeze in the second period St Mary’s grabbed control of the contest by the end of the third quarter. Another slick move involving Liam Quinn, Tiarnan Donaghy, and Tiarnan McAteer put Donaghy through for an easy finish to the net. Three Lorcan McWilliams frees pulled Maghera back to within five points but a fifth Magherafelt goal ended the contest. Centre half back Simon McErlain soccer styled the ball to the net in the 46th minute to ease the holders eight points clear.

A point from corner back Conleth McShane and 1-2 from Alex Doherty via the penalty spot and open play pushed Maghera to within four points in the 60th minute. Magherafelt hit another 1-2 in injury time to secure a well deserved win. The sixth and last goal coming from Cormac Murphy while Connor O’Neill and Tiarnan McAteer hit the points.

Final Score – St Mary’s Magherafelt 6-7 St Patrick’s Maghera 1-13

St Mary’s Magherafelt – Odhran Lynch, Ciaran Doyle, Giuseppe Lupari, Liam Og McElhone, James Crawford, Simon McErlain (1-0), Jamie McCann, Tiernan Donnaghy (1-0), Ruairi Keenan, Daniel Bradley (1-3), Tiarnan McAteer (1-2), Conall Devlin, Liam Quinn (1-1), Cormac Murphy (1-0), Johnny McErlain. Subs Connor O’Neill (0-1)

St Patrick’s Maghera – Niall McNicholl, Tiarnan McCusker, Tiarnan Walsh, Conleth McShane (0-1), Diarmaid McNicholl, Oran McGill, Peadar McLaughlin, Oisin McWilliams, Jude McAtamney (0-1), Eunan Mulholland, Richie Mullan, Daithi McLaughlin, Alex Doherty (1-4), Lorcan McWilliams (0-7), Tiarnan McHugh.


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