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Maghera holding tight

By John Campbell

What we have we hold. That's the mantra of St Patrick's College, Maghera as the Ulster Colleges MacRory Cup competition builds to what promises to be a fascinating climax.

The south Derry seat of learning not only lifted the premier trophy in provincial colleges' football last year but embellished this with the Hogan Cup.

They feature in the first of this year's semi-finals at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh this evening (7.30pm) against St Patrick's College, Cavan.

Anyone who harboured doubts about the intrinsic appeal of the MacRory Cup surely got their answer when the Cavan side accounted for St Michael's College, Enniskillen in a rousing quarter-final at Clones.

"There were 2,100 followers at that match and the atmosphere was just fantastic. I don't think things will be any different (tonight)," predicts Ulster colleges' secretary Seamus Woods.

In the other semi-final at Emyvale tomorrow, St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon meet Omagh CBS in what is being billed as a Red Hand derby.

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