Tallon's early strike crucial to St Patrick's final advance
An early goal proved decisive as last year's beaten finalists St Patrick's battled their way through to another decider with a gripping replay win over St Colman's.
Danny Tallon hit the net after just three minutes at Dunmoyle to lay solid foundations for a determined push to the finish line and a clash with first-timers St Paul's, Bessbrook on March 18.
Dara Noonan pulled back a couple of points as the Newry recovery got under way, with Jamie Curran and Eamon Grant giving them a vital edge in midfield.
Jack Haughey brought Newry level from a free in the 14th minute, but Peter Cassidy managed to lift his game in the Maghera engine-room and helped them push three points clear, hitting a fine point and contributing to scores for Gerald Bradley and Tallon.
Haughey's fourth converted free narrowed the gap in stoppage- time and, at the break, it was St Patrick's who led by 1-5 to 0-6.
St Colman's were offered a way back into the game in the 49th minute when goalkeeper Ciaran McCloy needlessly conceded a penalty, hauling down Curtis Sands as the ball floated wide.
However, Noonan's kick flew over the bar and a glorious opportunity was lost.
SCORERS – Maghera: D Tallon 1-2, G Bradley 0-4 (3f), P Cassidy 0-2, J Kearney (f), S O'Hara (f) 0-1 each.
Newry: J Haughey 0-7 (5f), D Noonan 0-3 (0-1 pen), J Fegan 0-1.
St Patrick's Maghera – C McCloy, C. Glass, D Hughes, O Hegarty; C Mulholland, C Carville, C Gallagher; J Kearney, P Cassidy; C O'Doherty, G Bradley, D McFaul; N Toner; S O'Hara, D Tallon. Subs: C Convery for McFaul, N McNicholl for Toner, Padraig Cassidy for Peter Cassidy, P Hagan for Mulholland.
St Colman's Newry – J O'Hare; A McKiernan, M Finnegan, J Brown; M O'Hare, J McDermott, C Brown; J Curran, E Grant; C Sands, D Noonan, O O'Neill; L McGreevy, J Haughey, K Rice.
Subs: J Fegan for Grant, P Morgan for Finnegan, B Doyle for O'Neill.
REF – C O'Hagan (Tyrone).