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Murray motivated by revenge

Holders St Pat's Dungannon continue their defence of the MacRory Cup with a semi final against St Colman's in Casement Park this evening (7.45pm).

The Newry side made it through to the last four with a seven points victory over St Pat's, Armagh and manager Cathal Murray has had to plan without midfielder Conor Gough, who was red carded in the quarter-final.

“Dungannon beat us by a point last year. We missed a free with virtually the last kick of the semi-final and that tells you just how close it was,” said Murray. “We lost our first game of this season’s competition to Omagh CBS, but we won the rest so it’s good to be competitive again.”

Winners of the MacRory in 2008 and 2009 St Pat's have four survivors from last year’s winning team.

“St Colman’s have been something of a sleeping giant in recent times so they will be keen to get one over on us,” said Dungannon manager Ciaran Gourley.

Since the season began St Colman’s and Omagh CBS have been touted as the big two, but it’s hardly an assessment the Academy boys would concur with.

Offensively Dungannon are a formidable force, defensively less so.

The Newry boys still hurting from last season’s defeat may have the edge, but the Academy will be loathe to let go of the cup.

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