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Hogan Cup final: St Ronan's are the All Ireland champions as Smyth strike wins thriller at Croke Park

St Ronan's 1-10 Rice College 1-09

By Gareth Hanna

St Ronan's, Lurgan are the All Ireland champions for the first time.

The County Armagh school edged out Rice College, Westport in the Hogan Cup final by a point at Croke Park in a thrilling final at Croke Park.

Oisin Smyth slotted home the winning point from wide on the right side, a stunning strike worthy of winning an All Ireland final.

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St Ronan's had trailed by two points at half-time but shot back through Tiernan Kelly's second half goal to tee up Smyth's point that sealed a deserved victory.

Smyth scored four points on the day, converting St Ronan's first two of the day before three Eoin McConville 45 metre frees also flew over the bar.

However, a fortunate Rice College goal had helped to give the Westport side a two-point advantage at half-time.

Roighan Meehan and Adam Loughran (2) were also among the points for a St Ronan's side that always looked the stronger and in the end were able to hold possession in the closing stages to see out the narrowest of victories.

Before the Hogan decider, Cookstown's Holy Trinity College beat St Nathy's, Ballaghadereen 0-19 to 1-06 in the All-Ireland 'B' Colleges final to win the Paddy Drummond Cup.

Here's the Hogan Cup final as it happened:

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