Sunday 27 May 2018

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.

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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).

Irish Independent

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