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St Patrick's Academy power past the Abbey CBS

Kevin Kelly

Danske Bank Rannafast Cup semi-final: St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon 3-13 Abbey CBS, Newry 3-5

ST Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon will play St Patrick’s, Maghera in Sunday’s Danske Bank Rannafast Cup final after the Tyrone school proved too strong for Abbey CBS at the Pearse Ogs ground in Armagh yesterday afternoon.

The outcome of the game hinged on three minutes at the end of the third quarter.

First, of all the superb Jamie Martin did well to keep the ball in play before feeding Dara O’Callaghan who palmed to the Dungannon net.

The Academy believed that the ball had gone out of play but the score stood and that reduced their lead to the minimum.

It could have been a major turning point in the game but within two minutes centre half-forward Ryan McCabe charged through for a second Dungannon goal and when Michael Conroy added another 60 seconds later, it was all over.

Abbey got off to a great start when O’Callaghan got his first goal in the third minute before Conroy responded with a brace of points.

Eoin Carr and Shea Daly exchanged points before Conroy levelled matters moments after he had hit the post with a goal chance.

In the 18th minute, a superb 50-metre run from Tiernan Loughran finished with him offloading to Conroy and this time the corner-forward hit the net and when Louis Conlon added a point, the winners led 1-6 to 1-3 at the break. Dylan O’Hare and Conlon traded points on the restart before Ronan Duffin edged the Academy four clear.

That’s when the three goals in as many minutes arrived at the end of which the winners held a 3-9 to 2-5 advantage.

Lorcan Kilpatrick, Conroy, Lorcan Quinn and McCabe added to Dungannon’s lead and while full-forward Carr got a 57th minute goal it was only a consolation score at that stage. 

St Patrick’s Academy:
M Conroy (2-3), R McCabe (1-2), L Kilpatrick (0-2), L Conlon (0-2), L Quinn (0-2), S Daly (0-1), R Duffin (0-1)
Abbey CBS: D O’Callaghan (2-0), E Carr (1-1), D O’Hare (0-3), J Martin (0-1)

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