Friday 20 April 2018

Davey breaks Michael's resistance

St Attracta's 6-14
St Michael's 3-19
(After extra-time)

St Attracta's Community School, Tubbercurry, clinched an extra-time win over St Michael's Grammar School, Lurgan, following a sensational SFC 'B' semi-final at Tempo, Fermanagh, on Saturday.

The south Sligo school looked set for a normal-time victory when Brian Egan's 50th-minute goal gave them a six-point lead (4-8 to 0-14).

However, after the sides had traded points, a scrambled goal from Brian Martyn on 54 minutes followed by an Aaron Findon goal -- two minutes into added time -- dramatically propelled St Michael's 2-16 to 4-09 ahead. Yet, there was still time for Egan to level matters with a last-gasp free forcing extra-time (4-10 to 2-16).

Hugh Marren's third goal of the afternoon helped St Atttacta's go four points ahead, but the Lurgan school responded immediately with a Thomas McAlinden goal and Christopher McGaughey free restoring parity at half-time of extra-time.

However, it was Cristoir Davey's goal two minutes from the end of extra-time that finally broke St Michael's resistance.

SCORERS -- St Attracta's CS : B Egan 2-7 (0-6f, 1-0 pen), H Marren 3-1, C Davey 1-1, Cathal Brennan 0-2, Ciaran Brennan, P Leonard, J Matthews 0-1 each St Michael's Grammar: C McCaughey 0-9 (0-5f), T McAlinden 1-2, A Findon, B Martyn 1-1 each, N McConville 0-4, A Toland, S Haughey 0-1 each.

St Attracta's CS -- J O'Hora; C Gorman, J Connolly, C O'Dowd; R Connolly, J Kelly (Capt), J Matthews; C Killoran, D Coffey; Ciaran Brennan, J Rodgers, C Davey; Cathal Brennan, B Egan, H Marren. Subs: P Leonard for Ciaran Brennan (46), C Surlis for Davey (46), D Gaughan for R Connolly (56), Davey for Cathal Brennan (62), Cathal Brennan for Gaughan (73)

St Michael's Grammar -- D O'Hagan; J Doyle, B McCarron, S Magee; S O'Neill, R McCaughley, A Toland; A Findon, N McCann; B Martyn, C McGaughey, A Nugent; T McAlinden, N McConville (Capt), B Seeley Subs: S Haughey for Nugent (45), C Conway for Martyn (56), M Beatty for McCann (71)

Ref -- M Higgins (Fermanagh).

Irish Independent

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