Dungannon win to set up Abbey showdown
St Pat's Acad: 1-20 St Pat's Armagh 2-11: Favourites St Patrick's Academy Dungannon powered their way into the quarter-finals of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup when they won a cracking encounter with neighbours St Patrick's Armagh at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena in Cookstown.
The win sets up a last eight clash with Abbey CBS.
Armagh were the better side early on, inspired by Tyrone minor Conor McKenna who landed three points. It was Dungannon though who had the better of things in the second quarter and five unanswered points – from Che O'Donnell, Ruairi McGlone (2) and Tiarnan Donnelly (2) – saw them turn around 0-8 to 0-6 ahead.
St Pat's, Armagh enjoyed a blistering start to the second half and by the 10th minute had turned a two point deficit into a three point lead thanks to scores from McKenna and Conor Cullen plus a goal from substitute Finnian Maguire.
But then Donnelly hit a couple of points with Michael Lynn, Ryan Coleman and Marcus Mulgrew also on target before Declan Conroy scored a 46th minute goal.
Dungannon were well on top but with eight minutes to go it was game on again when the superb McKenna blasted the ball to the back of the net.
Only two points separated the sides but the Academy didn't panic and some fine points from O'Donnell, McGlone and Donnelly saw them through.
St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon: C Donaghy, C Higgins, P O'Neill, L Rafferty, C McCabe (0-1), S Doran, C Byrne, R McGlone (0-3), M Mulgrew (0-1), D Conroy (1-1), R Coleman (0-2), C Kilpatrick, M Lynn (0-3), C O'Donnell (0-3), T Donnelly (0-6). Subs: M McKernan for Rafferty, F McClure for Conroy, S Corr for McGlone.
St Pat's Armagh: A Lavery, M Moore, T Reynolds, C Murphy (0-1), T O'Kane, P Comiskey, C McNicholl, C McKenna (1-7), J Rafferty, E Mallon (0-1), L Oliver, C Cullen (0-2), R Fields, R McGrath, V Brady. Subs: P Mason for Fields, F Maguire (1-0) for Oliver, K Muldoon for Moore, P Brecknell for Reynolds.
Referee: M McNally (Monaghan).