St.Joseph’s Donaghmore produced a spirited fightback in the MacRory Cup at Pearse Park in Galbally on Friday afternoon to come from six points down against Our Lady’s Castleblaney to win by the minimum margin 1-12 to 2-8. It was a fine game of football from two committed teams and the result leaves both of them joint top of their group and through to the knockout stages of the competition after Christmas.
A goal from centre half back Charlie McQuillan just before the break separated the sides at the interval, 1-5 to 0-5. Donnacha O’Neill, Darragh Donaghy, Joseph Corrigan, Eoghan O’Neill and Jude McNally were the St.Joseph’s marksmen in the opening period with Max McGinnity hitting three for Castleblaney with Mattie Duffy also on target.
Tiernan Buckley and Darragh Donaghy swapped points on the restart before McGinnity got a goal for Castleblaney. That left the Monaghan lads 2-6 to 0-6 in front but a Donaghy major left it all to play for again. Noah Grimes and Donaghy had points for St.Joseph’s with McGinnity responding for Castleblaney. Grimes levelled it only for a McGinnity free to leave the minimum between the sides going into injury time. A long range Donaghy free tied the game before Corrigan won it from another free late on.