Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Colman's and Pat's all set to play it again

The first finalist in this season's Danske Bank MacRory Cup is still unknown after St Patrick's Maghera and St Colman's Newry fought out an entertaining 0-14 to 1-11 stalemate at Dunmoyle.

Maghera looked the better side for large parts of the first half but still only led 0-8 to 1-4 at the break with centre half forward Gerald Bradley getting among the scores – he finished with four points – and Danny Tallon and Cormac O'Doherty on target as well, a fine Dara Noonan goal helping to keep St Colman's in contention.

Noonan and Kealan Rice gave Cathal Murray's side the lead on the restart but then favourites Maghera took over.

Bradley, Stephen O'Hara and substitute Neil McNicholl all supplied points and Maghera looked on their way to the decider.

St Colman's showed great character to hit back though with full forward Jack Haughey scoring three points to bring them level before Rice put them in front.

With the game in injury time St Patrick's Maghera came up with a superb equaliser from Peter Cassidy and both sides must do it again on Friday night.

The replay promises to be quite a tussle.

St Patrick's Maghera: C McCloy, P McNeil, D Hughes, O Hegarty, C Mulholland, C Glass, P Hagan, J Kearney, P Cassidy (0-1), C O'Doherty (0-1), G Bradley (0-4), S O'Hara (0-3), N Toner (0-1), C Convery (0-1), D Tallon (0-2). Subs: C Murphy for Toner, N McNicholl (0-1) for Convery, C Carville for Hagan

St Colman's Newry: J O'Hare, A McKiernan, M Finnegan, J Brown, M O'Hare, J McDermott (0-1), C Brown, J Curran, J Friel, C Sands, D Noonan (1-1), O O'Neill, L McGreevy, J Haughey (0-4), K Rice (0-4). Subs: B Doyle (0-1) for Friel, E Grant for O'Neill, J Fegan for Curran

Referee: M Higgins (Fermanagh).

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