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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
17th March 2014 Photo by William Cherry/Presseye St Patricks team celebrate winning the Danske Bank MacRory Cup after defeat Omagh CBS at Armagh's Athletic Grounds.
St Patrick's Danny Tallon is challenged by Omagh's Patrick O'Neill during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's Danny Tallon with Omagh's Patrick O'Neill during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's Danny Tallon with Omagh's Patrick O'Neill during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's fans during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's fans during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's fans during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's fans during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
Fans during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's, Maghera's Conor Glass challenges Omagh's Conan McElduff during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's Peter Hagan with Omagh's Ronan McHugh during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's Caolan McNeill with Omagh's Sean McGale during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's Ciaran McCloy saves from Omagh's Conan McElduff during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's Paul McNeill with Omagh's Gavin Slane during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's Caolan McNeill with Omagh's Sean McGale during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
Fans during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
Fans during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
Omagh's Conan McElduff scores a goal during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's Paul McNeill challenges Omagh's Michael Corless during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
Omagh's Conan McElduff celebrates scoring a goal during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
St Patrick's Micheál McGrath with Omagh's Conan McElduff during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
The Omagh CBS team take to the field ahead of the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
Fans during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
Fans during the St Patrick's Day final of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup at Armagh's Athletic Grounds
Omagh CBS's 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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