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Quinn in lead role as St Ciaran's target Golden Jubilee triumph

Just five days after capturing the MacLarnon Cup for the first time on St Patrick's Day, St Ciaran's College Ballygawley were in action against St Mary's, Carlow in an All-Ireland semi-final which they won by a point.

Today, with only a very limited time span in which to make their preparations, the Tyrone school will take on Connacht champions Ballinrobe Community School (Mayo) in the All-Ireland Colleges 'B' final.

It promises to be a red-letter day for St Ciaran's and skipper Conor Quinn is hoping that they can successfully complete the last leg of what has been a strenuous journey.

"The matches have been coming thick and fast but it's great to be playing in Croke Park," says Quinn. "We have been taking one match at a time and setting our sights higher as we move along."

St Ciaran's will enjoy enthusiastic backing from their big following today and skipper Quinn believes that this could prove a bonus in helping to get his side across the line.

The team is laced with skill and cushioned by a strong work-rate.

Victory for St Ciaran's would certainly serve as a highlight for their ongoing Golden Jubilee celebrations and mark a massive step forward in the school's status as a football academy.

Belfast Telegraph

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