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MacRory Cup: Newry lads signal desire for more glory

The St. Patricks Day MacRory Cup final showpiece will be between holders St. Colman’s Newry and St. Patrick’s Academy Dungannon after both progressed over the weekend.

St. Colman’s had their work cut out before seeing off a determined St. Mary’s Magherafelt at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh on Saturday.

Ryan Johnston put them in front in the opening 60 seconds before his brother Jerome found the net after three minutes following a blistering run from Caolan Mooney.

Jerome Johnston landed five points with Aaron Devlin and Conor Kearns getting a brace each for the Derry lads to leave it 1-8 to 0-6 at half-time.

St. Mary’s had the elements in their favour in the second period and within 12 minutes they were on level terms with Niall Higgins first timing the ball to the roof of the net for a superb finish.

Jerome Johnston was guilty of missing a number of frees before the Derry lads were dealt a blow when Paul O’Kane was sent off.

It took the holders 22 minutes to open their second half account through Jerome Johnston and with time running out they were narrowly ahead.

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As the contest slipped into injury time another Kearns free looked to have earned Magherafelt another day out but there was to be one late twist.

St. Colman’s broke down the field and when the ball was played to Ryan Johnston he gave keeper Declan McCann no chance with a cracking finish to the net.

The previous night Dungannon secured their place in another final when they got the better of St. Michael’s Enniskillen on a 2-9 to 0-13 scoreline with Harry Og Conlon and Aidan McGarrity getting the vital goals.

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