Holy Trinity Cookstown justified their favourites tag when they had six points to spare over Tyrone rivals St.Ciaran's Ballygawley in a keenly contested Ulster Bank Vocational schools Markey Cup final in Omagh on Wednesday afternoon.
St.Ciaran's had the wind at their backs in the first half but despite points from Ryan McAnespie and Ronan Nugent it was the holders who held a 0-5 to 0-3 lead with Ryan Loughran, David Mulgrew and James McGahan on target.
In the first attack of the second half Daryl Magee put the reigning champions three in front but by the fifth minute St. Ciaran's had fought back to draw with McAnespie getting a brace and Mark Kavanagh also on target.
McGahan and McAnespie exchanged points before substitute Damian Woods, McGahan and Mulgrew all landed points. The later making the game safe.
Holy Trinity Cookstown: A McKenna, D Fitzpatrick, D McKenna, K Coney, C Quinn, D Devlin, E Coyle, K McGeary, R Loughran [0-2], F Burns, M Quinn, J Lowe [0-1], D Magee [0-1], J McGahan [0-3], D Mulgrew [1-3]. Subs: S Spiers for Loughran, D Woods [0-1] for Lowe, M O'Neill for M Quinn, J Rocks for Coyle.
St. Ciaran's Ballygawley: T Traynor, F McGarrity, D Kelly, B McCrory, N Kelly, C Morris, N Meegan, R O'Neill [0-1], R Nugent [0-1], N Quinn, R McAnespie [0-4], P McAnenly, N Hamill, M McConnell, M Kavanagh [0-2]. Subs: J McGlone for Hamill, N Breen for McCrory
Referee: B Cassidy (Derry).