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St Colman’s chasing Hogan glory

By John Campbell

St Colman’s College, Newry will bid to bring yet another ration of success to Down when they meet St Gerald’s College, Castlebar in the All Ireland Colleges (Hogan Cup) football semi-final at Longford tomorrow (2.00pm).

Indeed, they will be one of several Ulster schools hoping to make it into All Ireland deciders in various categories.

In winning the MacRory Cup, St Colman’s underlined their strength and skill and tomorrow skipper Niall McParland will again lead the side from midfield with Jerome Johnston, Chris Clarke and Caolan Mooney key figures in attack.

Johnston scored five superb points in the MacRory Cup final win over Omagh CBS while Mooney’s pace and artistry on the left flank could now trouble the St Gerald’s defence.

The Castlebar side looked comfortable in winning the Connacht colleges title and have a strong sporting tradition.

In the All Ireland Colleges ‘B’ Football semi-final St Michael’s, Lurgan will take on St Attracta’s, Tubbercurry at Tempo.

St Michael’s coach David Wilson says: “The All Ireland stage is a big test for these boys but they will be able to handle it.”

St Malachy’s, Castlewellan take on Davitt College, Castlebar in the All Ireland Vocational Schools Senior ‘A’ semi-final at the Shannon Gaels venue, while in the All Ireland Colleges ‘B’ Hurling semi-final Cross and Passion, Ballycastle face Dungarvan CBS at Fingallians Park, Swords.

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