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Cookstown are grilled

By Declan Smyth

Holy Trinity 1-14 Gallen CS 2-13: Holy Trinity, Cookstown, failed to make it through to the All-Ireland Vocational Schools final when they came up just short against Leinster champions Gallen at Ballyconnell on Saturday afternoon.

With the wind at their backs the Offaly lads had the better of things as they established a six-point lead with centre half forward Aaron McDonagh bursting through for a fine goal, Danny McNulty and Matthew Heagney on target for Holy Trinity.

Shea Coney and Kieran McGeary helped narrow the gap further on the resumption, but Holy Trinity couldn’t get back on level terms with Eoghan Lowry and Joe Maher both supplying scores to keeper Gallen in front.

In the closing 10 minutes Holy Trinity pressure yielded frees which Coney and Heagney converted, but in the final minute of normal time disaster struck when Daragh Keenaghan got in for a soft goal.

The Tyrone lads kept battling away and McGeary blasted a super goal deep in injury time but Gallen held out for victory.

Gallen CS: D Digan, D Kelly, C Lowry, J Nally, S Wren, D Corbett, S Costello (0-1), L Fox, C Cahill (0-2), J Maher (0-3), A McDonagh (1-1), D Keenaghan (1-0), R Delaney, B Grehan (0-1), E Lowry (0-5). Holy Trinity: J McCourt, R Mullan, S Gervin, P Warnock, M Mills, D McNulty (0-2), M Hughes, A Devlin, S Coney (0-4), M Cassidy (0-1), M Heagney (0-5), C Coyle, K McGeary (1-1), B Burns (0-1), C McAleer. Subs: B Potter for Coyle, E Coyle for McGeary (temporary blood).

Referee: J McQuillan (Cavan).

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