Monday 11 December 2017

Cassidy earns replay after thriller

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)

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