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Aquinas acquire silverware at last

Aquinas, Belfast 1-10 Loreto, Coleraine 1-8

The pain of losing in three BT Nolan Cup finals in recent years was finally forgotten by Aquinas Grammar School, Belfast when they finally got their hands on the silverware for the first time when they got the better of Loreto College, Coleraine on a 1-10 to 1-8 scoreline at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena in Cookstown.

The winners were determined not to finish second best this time round and that was reflected in the way they started the game as they soon established a four point lead with Sean Irwin and Rory McCormick among the points.

Fergal McCloskey and Ronan Mullan responded with points for Coleraine but a Peter Graham goal left the Belfast lads 1-4 to 0-4 in front at half time.

Coleraine hit back straight away on the restart as they drew level with the help of a goal from McCloskey but they could never manage to get their noses in front as Aquinas Grammar soon reasserted themselves.

Mark McConville, James McCafferty, Justin Stronge and goalscorer Graham all had points and it proved to be enough despite Coleraine getting a couple of late scores.

Meanwhile on the Ulster Vocational Schools front, the pairings for both the U14 McDevitt Cup and U16 Arthurs Cup finals are known after the semi-finals were played.

Kieran McGeary and James McGahan scored 2-10 between them as Holy Trinity, Cookstown defeated St Paul's, Lurgan 3-18 to 4-12, Declan Heaney and Jamie O’Neill with two goals each for the Armagh side.

Their opponents in the U14 decider will be St Malachy's, Castlewellan who defeated St Colm's, Draperstown 2-4 to 0-5 with Martin Brannigan and Cathal Tumilty getting the goals.

The U16 Final will be between Tyrone champions St Ciaran's, Ballygawley and Derry champions St Paul's, Kilrea.

St Ciaran's eased past Armagh champions St Brigid's 0-18 to 0-3 with Darragh Donnelly top scoring with five points.

St Paul's required extra time to beat St Malachy's, Castlewellan 3-13 to 2-14, Gary Keane (20) and Conor McKenna getting the Kilrea goals.

O Saturday, St Pat's, Maghera won the Corn na nOg title when they defeated St Pat's Academy, Dungannon in a thriller at Lissan.

The Tyrone school led 1-5 to 1-2 at the break with Paul McElroy scoring all but one of their tally, Gerard Bradley with the Maghera goal.

In the second half Maghera fought back with goals from Dominic McFaul and a Niall Toner penalty and when Dungannon had McElroy sent off, the Derry lads were in control.

Dungannon rallied with a James Campbell goal but St Pat's, Maghera held out to win by the minimum margin, 3-7 to 2-9.

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