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Small proves the big hero as St Mary's capture semi-final place

Kevin Small became a hero for St Mary's, Magherafelt when he scored 2-3 in their absorbing 3-4 to 1-9 MacRory Cup quarter-final win over Omagh CBS in Ballinderry last night.

Small's superb finishing allied to solid defensive work in the closing stages took the Tyrone side over the line in a pulsating climax.

Cahir Goodwin landed Omagh's opening point in the 12th minute and five minutes later PT Cunningham added a second at the end of a first quarter that was dominated by defensive tactics from both sides.

But Small brought St Mary's back into contention by firing over a point prior to drilling home a penalty. Eoin Keenan and Oisin Donnelly snapped up further scores for the Tyrone side, who nonetheless trailed by 1-2 to 0-4 at the interval.

A clever goal from Declan Cassidy, a second from Small and a brace of points bolstered the St Mary's side but Odhran Rafferty's well taken goal ensured that the Omagh boys battled to the end. St Mary's, though, managed to hold out.

In today's quarter-final, Abbey CBS Newry take on St Paul's Bessbrook at Pairc Esler, Newry (12.30pm). St Paul's have reached the final twice in the last four years and coach John Rafferty is particularly keen to see the side lift the trophy.

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