Lockhart and Canavan taking colleges to HQ
Two of Ulster's outstanding players who graced Croke Park with their many-sided attributes in the past are poised to return there on a rather different mission on Saturday week.
While ex-Derry defender Sean Martin Lockhart will oversee his St Patrick's College Maghera side do battle with St Patrick's CS, Navan in the Hogan Cup (All Ireland Colleges) decider, Tyrone legend Peter Canavan will hope to plot even more success for Holy Trinity College, Cookstown when they confront Cnoc Mhuire, Granard in the All Ireland Vocational Schools U19 decider.
Lockhart saw the Maghera team sweep to an impressive 3-8 to 1-7 victory over St Gerald's, Castlebar in the semi-final at the weekend when two goals from their youngest player Conor Glass underpinned their polished performance.
Gerard Bradley grabbed the other goal after the Maghera outfit had led by 2-5 to 0-5 at the break before being temporarily reined in during the third quarter.
But a finishing spurt took them comfortably over the line and now Lockhart is preparing the groundwork for what he hopes will be a successful safari to Headquarters.
"We have never played St Patrick's Navan who are without doubt one of the best schools' teams in the country," he said.
Meanwhile, Peter Canavan knows that his Holy Trinity side will face a more demanding test in their final than they did against Davitt College, Castlebar on Saturday when they won by 2-12 to 1-6.
"We had a five-point cushion at the interval but Davitt College came back at us," he said.
"However, we showed good staying power and tacked on scores in the final quarter that took us through. Now we are looking forward to playing in Croke Park. This Holy Trinity side has a great thirst for more success."
In the All Ireland Colleges 'B' semi-final St Michael's Lurgan lost to St Attracta's Tubbercurry (Sligo) by 3-10 to 0-7 with Ruairi Loughran landing all of the St Michael's scores.