St.Patricks Academy Dungannon 0-16 St.Pats Armagh 2-6
St.Patricks Academy Dungannon turned on the style in the second half at Pairc Chormaic in Eglish on Tuesday evening to defeat St.Pats Armagh and win the Rannafast Cup, the third Ulster Schools title in a row that this group of players has won.
This was always going to be a close affair and that’s how it turned out with Armagh the better side in the first half leading 1-5 to 0-6 at the break. The second half proved to be a different story as the Dungannon lads took the game by the scruff of the neck to limit their opponents to just two scores while they produced a brilliant display of attacking football. Dungannon led 0-4 to 0-2 with the help of points from Rian McIvor, Lorcan McMurray and Liam McGeary. Ryan Dynes responded for Armagh before they grabbed their first goal in the 23rd minute when Oisin Gribben flicked to the net after getting on the end of a long ball in from Brian Og McGuckin. Joel Kerr hit a free for the Academy with Caomh Agnew responding for Armagh to leave it 1-5 to 0-6 at the short whistle.
Agnew opened the second half scoring from another free but then the Academy took control of things with seven points in as many minutes. They were all quality scores from McGeary, McMurray, Kerr, Darragh Devlin and team Captain Davin McKeown and they never looked back. They moved four clear but with four minutes to go Agnew converted a penalty to leave everything up for grabs once more. Dungannon though didn’t panic and they closed the game out with well taken points from McMurray, Charlie Maguire and McGeary to emerge worthy winners.