Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

McGreevy retains his faith in St Mary's

THIS time last year Jackson McGreevy was in the St Mary's CBGS, Belfast side that won the O'Keefe Cup, one of the premier trophies on offer in the All-Ireland colleges hurling sphere.

Tomorrow, he will be in action again, only this time for the Antrim senior team against Carlow in their Division One relegation play-off.

But while he will be strongly focused on the Saffrons' mission, he will also be more than interested in the outcome of St Mary's battle against Dungarvan CBS (Waterford).

The west Belfast side, one of Ulster's leading hurling nurseries, are back in the All-Ireland decider and Jackson believes that they can retain the trophy.

"It's terrific to see the school back competing for All-Ireland honours but they face a very big task against a Dungarvan side that has claimed some big scalps up until now," says Jackson.

St Mary's, who beat Galway side St Raphael's Loughrea in the semi-final, have prepared diligently for tomorrow's test, though. While they boast fluency and a healthy work-ethic, it's their finishing skills that will be put to the real test. In this respect much will be expected from the normally accurate Conor Johnston who snapped up nine points in the semi-final.

Domhall Moran, Tomas O Ciarain and skipper Ruairi Wilson are other key figures in the Belfast side that possesses plenty of pace.

Callum McVeigh, Aidan Orchin and Deaghlan Murphy can lend support to scorer-in-chief Johnston as St Mary's seek to extend their dominance of the All-Ireland sector.

"There are a lot of good players in this St Mary's team but it's very important that the side clicks as a unit tomorrow. If this should happen then they will be in with a big chance. At this level you are always going to meet very formidable opposition and this Dungarvan side certainly comes into that category," says Jackson.

It's not often that All-Ireland schools hurling trophies come to Ulster but tomorrow St Mary's might just strike another blow on behalf of the sport in the province.

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