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St Patrick's keen to prove they can Cross much bigger bridge

By John Campbell

Published 29/08/2016

Old hand: Malachy Mackin is still an inspirational force for St Patrick’s
Old hand: Malachy Mackin is still an inspirational force for St Patrick’s

St Patrick's offered a hint that they might just offer a viable threat to Crossmaglen Rangers' hopes of claiming what would be their 20th title in 21 years by the facile manner in which they torpedoed the hopes of Pearse Og in the Armagh senior football championship.

The Cullyhanna side had things very much their own way in winning by 2-20 to 1-5, their goals coming from the impressive Jason Duffy and Gary McCooey. Veteran Malachy Mackin was also a key figure in their win with Tiernan Donnelly scoring a consolation goal for Pearse Og in the closing minutes.

In the Fermanagh senior football championship Roslea overcame St Patrick's by 1-17 to 0-17 while Derrygonnelly beat Ederney by 1-14 to 1-19.

And Erne Gaels looked sharp in overcoming Irvinestown by 3-16 to 2-10 while Devenish, inspired by county ace Barry Mulrone, triumphed over Teemore by 0-17 to 0-13.

Meanwhile, the Tyrone senior football championship is certainly beginning to liven up after a tame start.

Kildress managed to overcome Augher yesterday even though they shot a dozen wides in winning by 1-9 to 0-11.

Niall Quinn scored the only goal in the early stages of the game but despite some fine points from the impressive Darragh Kavanagh, Augher were unable to contain their opponents in the closing stages.

Ardboe underlined their current potential by beating Edendork by 1-15 to 0-9.Darren McCurry, Caolan Mallaghan and Kyle Coney were in fine form for the winners.

Scotstown looked lively in overcoming Truagh in the Monaghan senior football championship by 0-15 to 0-7. Shane Carey and Kieran Hughes were prominent as Scotstown built up a 0-8 to 0-3 half-time lead and they finished with a flourish with three points from Emmet Caulfield, Ruairi Sheehan and William Carroll.

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