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St Paul's, Bessbrook target third final fling in five years

St Paul's Bessbrook are still on target to reach their third MacRory Cup final in five years following a dramatic victory over Newry neighbours Abbey CBS in a tingling quarter-final shoot-out at Pairc Esler.

A goal from Burren club player Liam Kerr proved crucial in the 1-7 to 0-10 victory recorded by St Paul's against an Abbey side which, while scoring four unanswered points in the closing minutes, contributed to their own downfall by hitting a proliferation of wides as well as dropping several shots short.

St Paul's have now set up an attractive semi-final against St Mary's, Magherafelt who were surprise winners over Omagh CBS in their last eight encounter when Kevin Small registered 2-3 out of their 3-4 total against their opponents' 1-9.

The remaining quarter-final between St Ronan's, Lurgan and Patrician HS Carrickmacross will be played at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh on Wednesday.

Former Tyrone minor manager Mickey Donnelly is coach to the rapidly emerging St Ronan's side and indeed he will, rather surprisingly, be the only participant from the Red Hand county in the closing stages of the competition.

St Colman's College Newry are, of course, already through to the last four and will meet the winners of the St Ronan's v Carrickmacross tie in their quest to win the trophy for a 20th time.

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