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Chip off the old block Canavan, leads way for Ciaran's victory

Our Lady's, Castleblayney 2-10 St. Ciaran's Ballygawley 1-19

By John Campbell

The mesmeric skills, acute vision and sure finishing touch were there in abundance as the lightly-built Darragh Canavan left no-one at the Athletic Grounds in any doubt that he has inherited all the qualities which elevated his famous dad Peter to iconic status.

Half-a-dozen points flowed from Darragh's educated boot as he tortured Our Lady's defence in his mammoth contribution to St Ciaran's capture of the Ulster Colleges' MacLarnon Cup.

Neither did he pick the modesty, politeness and charm he exhibited in the immediate aftermath of the game off the stones.

"It was brilliant to win although we were disappointed to concede those two first-half goals," said Canavan.

Our Lady's seriously discomfited their opponents in the first-half, James Wilson's opening goal after twelve seconds and David Hanley's 14th minute strike helping the Monaghan school into a 2-8 to 0-11 interval lead.

But with just ten minutes of the second-half gone, it was parity of esteem at 2-9 to 0-15.That was as good as it got for Our Lady's. St Ciaran's in contrast careered through the last quarter taking their inspiration from workaholic Canavan.

Our Lady's, Castleblayney: K O'Connor; T Geehan, C Blanche, S Markey; C Callan, F Connolly 0-1, J Gorman; T Duffy, H McGinn; G Kelly, D Hanley 1-1, D Drury 0-1; J Wilson 1-5 (4f), K Duffy, A Courtney 0-2. Subs: M Mooney for Kelly (45). Yellow card: Duffy.

St Ciaran's, Ballygawley: P Traynor; M Lennon, Conor Quinn, J Murray; Callum Corrigan 1-0, Cathair Quinn 0-1, Cathal Corrigan; J Oguz 0-1, D Millar 0-1; P Donaghy 0-2, C Donnelly, C Traynor; T Hoy 0-2, C O'Donnell 0-5 (4f), D Canavan 0-6. Subs: P McNeliss for Murray (53), J Doyle for Hoy (58).

Referee: Paul Faloon (Down)

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