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St Patrick's are hoping to repeat their flying start in Omagh replay

 

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By John Campbell

For the fourth time within a matter of weeks St Patrick's, Armagh and Omagh CBS will lock horns tonight when they meet the Dankse Bank MacRory Cup semi-final replay at the Athletic Grounds (7.30pm).

The sides initially met in the McCormack Cup decider when the Omagh team triumphed by an eleven-point margin, and then last Saturday there was a renewal of hostilities in the MacRory Cup when matters finished all-square.

It was on then to the Athletic Grounds on Wednesday night, where a premature halt to proceedings was called by referee Sean Laverty at half-time when thick fog enveloped the ground.

St Patrick's had rather more reason to be discomfited by Wednesday night's events as they were leading by a comfortable 1-7 to 0-4 when the match was abandoned.

The challenge for Mark Harte's St Patrick's side will now be to replicate their whirlwind start that saw them sweep into a 1-6 to 0-3 lead before they were reined in a little as the interval approached.

Michael Conroy, Tom Weir, Ryan Bradley, Justin Kerin and Conor Toner will again be the key figures for the home side while Aaron Montgomery, Lorcan McBride, Rory Kennedy, Liam Gray, Daniel Fullerton and Simon Garrity are expected to be at the forefront of Omagh's challenge.

The Omagh side is coached by former Fermanagh player Kieran Donnelly, who also guided Scotstown to the Ulster club final this year.

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