Oz-bound Glass guides Pat's to glory
St Patrick's Maghera 5-7 St Paul's Bessbrook 1-9 MacRory Cup Final
As he basked in the euphoria of a 15th triumph in the competition for St Patrick's College Maghera, captain Conor Glass switched the focus to his imminent career in the Australian Football League with Melbourne club Hawthorn.
"Memories are made of this," beamed Glass. "This means so much to me. I never thought I would get a third MacRory medal so this is a real bonus.
"But most importantly, it is a triumph for the team - an achievement that we can all share in. Obviously I am looking forward to going to Hawthorn but my involvement with St Patrick's and Glen will stay with me forever. I have enjoyed every minute," added the midfielder.
Glass produced an inspirational first-half performance that laid the groundwork for this latest St Patrick's coup.
By half-time they led by 4-4 to 0-5, with Shane McGuigan getting a brace of goals and Francis Kearney and Paddy Quigg also netting.
St Paul's managed to dig deep into their reserves of character after the break to rein in their opponents.
Liam Kerr and Shea Loye sparked the Bessbrook team's recovery, with Kerr's 40th-minute goal a shot in the arm.
However, the outcome was never in doubt and Conall Darragh converted a late penalty to restore gloss to the scoreboard for St Patrick's.
SCORERS - S Patrick's: S McGuigan 2-4, F Kearney 1-1 , P Quigg, C Darragh 1-0 each, O McWilliams 0-2; St Paul's: S Loye 1-3 (0-1f), L Kerr 0-3 (2fs),J Og Burns, D O'Hagan, N McGuinness 0-1 each. ST Patrick's Maghera - S Cassidy; O McKeever, P Turner, K Feeney; P McCormack, S Downey, C McAllister; C Glass, J Doherty; P Kearney, P Quigg, O McWilliams; C Darragh, S McGuigan, F Kearney. Subs: D McPeake for Quigg (52), T Walsh for McKeever (52), M Mullaan for McWilliams (57), C Mulholland for McAllister (58), F Higgins for P Kearney (60).
St Paul's Bessbrook - M Murphy; N McGuinness, D Loye, C McDonnell; E McCabe, R Gaskin, C Clarke; J Og Burns, D O'Hagan 0-1; R Keenan, C Magennis, A Boyle; L Kerr 0-3 (2f), S Loye), R McSherry. Subs: S Finnegan for Keenan (36), J Durnin for O'Hagan (39), R Hughes for N Magennis (45).
Ref - M McNally (Monaghan).