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St Paul's earn semi replay after late revival

St Paul's, Bessbrook 1-12 - St Mary's, Magherafelt 1-12

By John Campbell

St Mary's, Magherafelt and St Paul's, Bessbrook must meet again to decide who will go through to the MacRory Cup final after it finished all square at 1-12 each in their semi-final meeting at The Dub complex in Belfast last night.

The Magherafelt side,led by coach John Rafferty, looked to have one foot in the decider when Liam Kerr missed a St Paul's penalty in the closing minutes but the same player and Shane Loye subsequently pirated points that earned their side the right to fight another day.

St Mary's led by 1-7 at the interval, their goal coming from centre-half-forward Liam Quinn, while Daniel Bradley (2), Aidan Connolly, Kevin Small, Simon McErlain, Tiernach Donaghy and Declan Cassidy landed their points. Kerr, Loye, Ryan Hughes and Ryan McGuinness each scored a brace for St Paul's.

In a tenacious second half, Peter Cosgrove fired home a goal that infused St Paul's with fresh spirit. With Loye and McGuinness accurate up front, they looked more comfortable but Small and Bradley helped to keep St Mary's ticking over in the last quarter of the game.

The match reached a crescendo following Kerry's penalty miss but a draw was no more than his side deserved.

Meanwhile, St Colman's College, Newry will be hoping to take another step towards what would be their 20th MacRory Cup when they meet St Ronan's College, Lurgan in tonight's second semi-final at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh (7.30pm).

St Colman's, under the capable baton of Cathal Murray, will start as favourites against what is a fledgling outfit in the competition yet a team nonetheless which has shown impressive form this season.

 

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