Doherty's top of the class as Maghera see off Dungannon
St Patrick's College, Maghera captured the Ulster Colleges Rannafast Cup yesterday when they beat St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon in the final at the Athletic Grounds Armagh by 3-19 to 4-10.
There was some superb scoring from both sides which underlined the upsurge in standards at this level.
The Maghera side led by 1-12 to 3-3 at half-time with the Academy having made all the early running. Their goals came from Lorcan Quinn, Oisin McHugh and Shay Daly with JP McGuigan netting for the south Derry school.
But it was in the second half that St Patrick's College full forward Alex Doherty showed his class. He went on to help himself to 1-11, his goal proving crucial as his team strived to put themselves in the clear.
Doherty's ability to land points from all angles and distances underpinned the Maghera team's performance although Shay Daly scored his second goal for the Academy to keep his side in touch.
St Patrick's College Maghera won the MacRory Cup earlier in the year before going on to lose out in the Hogan Cup final and this success will undoubtedly give the school encouragement going into the MacRory Cup closing stages early in the new year.