Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Live gallery: MacRory Cup final 2014

Danske Bank's Danny Stinton, Head of Business Development, Business Banking presents St Patrick's captain Peter Hagan with the Danske Bank MacRory Cup after the St Patrick's Day final at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
Danske Bank's Danny Stinton, Head of Business Development, Business Banking presents St Patrick's captain Peter Hagan with the Danske Bank MacRory Cup after the St Patrick's Day final at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's Paul Gunning and  Conor Convery celebrate winning the Danske Bank MacRory Cup Final at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's Paul Gunning and Conor Convery celebrate winning the Danske Bank MacRory Cup Final at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's, Maghera team ahead of the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's, Maghera team ahead of the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds

Success tends to come in spurts for the famed south Derry football nursery of St Pat's, Maghera. They are preparing to defend both MacRory Cup and Hogan Cup titles at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh today (1.15pm) but they will have to face an Omagh CBS team who quite simply refuse to be beaten in this years' competition.

Omagh's manager is Kieran Donnelly, the former Fermanagh footballer who has been Peter Canavan's team trainer in spells at Errigal Ciaran, Fermanagh and now Cavan Gaels.

"I suppose when you were at school you always dreamed of playing in a MacRory final, it was the big occasion. Now that I am managing it is a great experience," he said.

"It's an unique situation, different from club football to an extent because lads are spending every second with each other, they are very close. To win those tight games to get there has added to the whole spectacle and given us a gelling together."

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