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Big game experience counts in St Patrick’s Maghera success

St Patricks Maghera celebrate winning the Danske Bank MacRory Cup after defeat Omagh CBS at Armagh's Athletic Grounds.

St Patricks Maghera celebrate winning the Danske Bank MacRory Cup after defeat Omagh CBS at Armagh's Athletic Grounds.

St Patrick’s Maghera produced a powerful third quarter display to retain the Danske Bank MacRory Cup in the Athletic Grounds on Monday.

Opponents Omagh CBS had their chances to put the holders under pressure but they failed to take those opportunities and eventually lost out 1-12 to 1-08.

Sean McGale put Omagh ahead after slotting over the first point.

Points from Jack Doherty, Conor Cassidy and Conor Convery edged St Pat’s in front before Conan McElduff netted for Omagh.

The Derry side drew level with Danny Tallon tagging on a double, but Omagh went in two ahead at the break thanks to Patrick McNeill and James Darcy scores.

St Pat’s grabbed control in the opening 14 minutes of the second half, Convery hitting two of their five unanswered points.

There was controversy over Tallon’s goal on 44 minutes, with the forward bouncing the ball twice before his strike was cleared off the line but he was on hand to slot home at the second attempt.

From two points down at the break, St Pat’s were now five clear and Omagh’s hopes faded after substitute Peter Teague’s goalbound effort was blocked with the rebound falling to McElduff who also saw his close range effort denied.

St Pat’s saw out the remainder of the match with ease, with the Maghera lads deserved winners in their third consecutive final.

“We were disappointed in ourselves after the first half. We didn’t challenge Omagh enough on the break-ball and that didn’t give us the platform to play the type of football we wanted,”said Maghera coach Paul Hughes.

“The boys were honest enough at half-time and the two Conors (Cassidy and Glass) stepped up at midfield.

“I thought we were magnificent during the second half.”

 

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