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Ciaran Gourley's men seeking revenge in quarter-final

By John Campbell

Published 13/02/2016

To the fore: Daniel Kerr is key for St Patrick’s Academy
To the fore: Daniel Kerr is key for St Patrick’s Academy

Former Tyrone star Ciaran Gourley embarks on a sporting mission tomorrow that he hopes will prove a stepping stone to glory for the St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon football team he coaches.

In last year's Danske Bank MacRory Cup final, the Dungannon side fell to St Patrick's College, Cavan but it's in this year's quarter-final at Grattan Park, Inniskeen tomorrow (3.30pm) that Gourley's boys get the opportunity to avenge that defeat.

The Academy side will be backboned by Steven Corr, Cormac O'Hagan, Daniel Kerr and Ryan Coleman while their Breffni opponents will look to Paul Leddy, Luke Fortune and Thomas Edward Donohoe.

Donohoe, however, is understood to be fighting to prove his fitness.

The Cavan side is under the tutelage of Shane Fitzpatrick and Fr Kevin Fay and their combined tactical prowess has helped to keep their team in the running.

In the other tie on an Inniskeen double bill, St Paul's Bessbrook take on St Michael's Enniskillen (2pm) with both eager to cement their reputation.

Midfield ace Jarlath Og Burns, son of Armagh's 1999 Ulster title winning captain Jarlath Burns, and full-forward Shay Loye are key cogs in the Bessbrook side while Tempo trio Tiernan Bogue, Rory McCaffrey and Lorcan McStravick form the central spine of the St Michael's side that remain under the baton of Dominic Corrigan.

Michael McGarrigle could be an absentee through injury.

Today at Burren (11am) St Colman's Newry will face surprise packet St Ronan's Lurgan. The Orchard County team beat St Macartan's College, Monaghan in the last round but will face much stiffer opposition today.

St Colman's coach Cathal Murray, the former Down player, will look to Rian O'Neill, Charlie Carr and Eoghan McDonnell to spur his side while St Ronan's will lean on Aghagallon duo Jack Lenaghan and Eunan Walsh as well as Barry McCambridge and Barry Owens.

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