Cassidy earns replay after thriller
Published 25/02/2013 | 04:00
THE teams must do it all over against next Friday after a thrilling MacRory Cup semi-final ended in a draw.
St Patrick's led 0-8 to 1-3 at the break, with Gerard Bradley, Stephen O'Hara and Danny Tallon among their point scorers.
St Colman's had briefly led during the first period thanks to a well-taken 19th-minute goal from centre-forward Dara Noonan.
The second half was a very lively affair as play swung from end to end.
After Noonan had levelled matters, Kealan Rice put St Colman's in front with a great score from out on the left wing.
Maghera lifted their game, though, and points from O'Hara, Cormac O'Doherty, Bradley and substitute Neil McNicholl established a 0-13 to 1-7 lead with only 10 minutes remaining.
Rice put St Colman's ahead with a well-taken point late on, but Peter Cassidy weighed in with a terrific equaliser from the right wing for St Patrick's.
SCORERS – St Patrick's: G Bradley 0-4 (2f), S O'Hara 0-3 (3f), D Tallon 0-2, P Cassidy, N McNicholl, N Toner, C O'Doherty, C Convery 0-1 each. St Colman's: K Rice (1f), J Haughey (3f) 0-4 each, D Noonan 1-1, J McDermott, B Doyle 0-1 each.
St Patrick's Maghera – C McCloy; P McNeil, D Hughes, O Hegarty; C Mulholland, C Glass, P Hagan; J Kearney, P Cassidy; C O'Doherty, G Bradley, S O'Hara; N Toner, C Convery, D Tallon. Subs: C Murphy for Toner, N McNicholl for Convery, C Carville for Hagan.
St Colman's Newry – J O'Hare; A McKiernan, M Finnegan, J Brown; M O'Hare, J McDermott, C Brown; J Curran, J Friel; C Sands, D Noonan, O O'Neill; L McGreevy, J Haughey, K Rice. Subs: B Doyle for Friel, E Grant for O'Neill, J Fegan for Curran.
REF – M Higgins (Fermanagh)