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Tough MacRory Cup defence for St Patrick's Maghera

By John Campbell

If St Patrick's College Maghera are to retain the MacRory Cup in 2014, then they are going to have to do it the hard way.

Sean Martin Lockhart's side have still to face neighbours St Mary's GS, Magherafelt in a play-off and lying in wait for the winners in the quarter-finals, the draw for which was made yesterday, will be newly-crowned league champions St Macartan's College, Monaghan.

Now they will be keen to move on to even better things although at full-strength the Maghera outfit could still prove a formidable force in the competition.

Newcomers St Ciaran's College, Ballygawley must first face St Colman's College, Newry before they can savour the prospect of a Tyrone derby against Omagh CBS.

St Ciaran's can take heart from the performance of St Paul's, Bessbrook who reached the final this year and now take on Abbey CBS, Newry before then can think about meeting either St Patrick's Academy or St Patrick's GS Armagh in the quarter-finals.

St Michael's Enniskillen have been to the fore in the competition in recent years and their battle with St Patrick's College, Antrim will be interesting particularly as both sides include a raft of talent.

The McCormick Cup threw up some interesting matches, but now the business end of the colleges' season has been reached those with a MacRory Cup pedigree will enter the spotlight.

A number of teams boast players from last year with several players having impressed at county minor level already this year.

MacRory Cup Quarter-Final Draw: St Colman's Newry or St Ciaran's Ballygawley v Omagh CBS, St Macartan's College Monaghan v St Patrick's College Maghera or St Mary's Magherafelt, St Patrick's College Cavan v St Michael's College Enniskillen, St Patrick's Dungannon or St Patrick's GS Armagh v Abbey CBs Newry or St Paul's Bessbrook.

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