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Armstrong fires St Mary's into semis

St Mary’s CBS 1-6 St Macartan’s 0-7

St Mary's, Belfast will play Omagh CBS in the MacRory Cup semi-final at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh on Wednesday night after they overcame a fancied St Macartan's, Monaghan side at Healy Park.

The Glen Road School will go in as underdogs against McCormick Cup winners Omagh and know that they will have to improve on their quarter final showing, despite the fact that they managed to come through.

St Macartan's shaded things in terms of possession in the first half but their shooting let them down and it took them until a minute from half time to open their account when Kieran Greenan pointed.

By that stage St Mary's had 1-3 on the board with Michael Armstrong bagging a 15th minute goal and Dermot McVeigh weighing in with a couple of points.

St Mary's managed only two second half scores from McVeigh and Declan Lynch but it proved to be enough against

a wasteful St Macartan's side who kicked twice as many wides as the winners. Aodhan MacAnespie, Paul Toal and Aaron McCarey had second half points for the Monaghan side but despite exerting pressure late on they never looked like getting the goal that they needed to deny St Mary's.

ST MARY'S: K Toolan, C McVarnock, S Shannon, P Johnston, N McAlea, D McGarrity, C McGuinness, R Maguire, C McClelland, F McCrudden, C Rocks, P Donnelly, D Lynch [0-1], D McVeigh [0-4], M Armstrong [1-1]. Subs: D Boyd for McCrudden, D McClean for McGarrity, D Dalton for Rocks, F McCrudden for Donnelly

ST MACARTAN'S: C McGorman, G McQuaid, P McGuirk, N McKeown, D McArdle, D Savage, B McQuaid, A Og MacAnespie [0-2], C Caulfield, K Greenan [0-1], D McKenna, P Boyle, N Hahessy [0-2], A McCarey [0-1], P Toal [0-1]. Subs: M McPhillips for McKeown, M McGuigan for McPhillips

REFEREE: M McErlane, Derry

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