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Glass is aiming to shatter Cup challenge before Oz adventure

By John Campbell

When Conor Glass leaves these shores next summer to pursue a new chapter in his sporting career with the Hawthorn club in the Australian Football League, he hopes to do so with a MacRory Cup medal under his belt.

But to achieve that he will have to join his colleagues from St Patrick's College, Maghera in negotiating a difficult course in the competition.

The quarter-final draw throws up a potential fascinating fixture between the Maghera outfit and Omagh CBS but before then the Oak Leaf school must deal with what is likely to be a formidable challenge from Abbey CBS Newry in a play-off tie.

Glass is one of several gifted players in the Maghera side, others being Jack Doherty and Shane Downey whose father Seamus won an All-Ireland medal with Derry in 1993.

Like Maghera, the Abbey are focused on a place in the last eight where they will be seeking to join their Newry neighbours St Colman's College.

Under the capable baton of Cathal Murray and his management team, St Colman's have been one of the most consistent sides in the competition of late and with Rian O'Neill and Charlie Carr in their side they are strongly fancied to advance.

They will meet the winners of the St Ronan's Lurgan v St Macartan's Monaghan play-off fixture while St Patrick's Academy Dungannon will face either St Mary's Magherafelt or the current trophy holders St Patrick's College, Cavan.

Academy coach Ciaran Gourley, an All-Ireland winner with Tyrone, is bringing his side to concert pitch and with several Red Hands minors in his squad they are well equipped to mount a strong challenge.

St Michael's, Enniskillen have lived dangerously on occasions in reaching the quarter-finals and now they will face opposition from the Orchard County.

It's the winners of the St Patrick's GS Armagh v St Paul's Bessbrook play-off that will face the Fermanagh representatives.

Coach to the Armagh city school side is ex-Tyrone player Mattie McGleenan who brought Scotstown into the recent Ulster Club senior championship final in which they were beaten by Crossmaglen Rangers.

Meanwhile, in the quarter-finals of the McLarnon Cup, the meeting of St Ciaran's College, Ballygawley and St Columb's College Derry holds particular allure while there will also be interest in the clash between St Eunan's College, Letterkenny and St Louis, Ballymena.

Peter Canavan's Holy Trinity College, Cookstown team take on Our Lady's Castleblayney.

Dankse Bank MacRory Cup Quarter-Finals: St Patrick's Academy Dungannon v St Mary's GS Magherafelt or St Patrick's College Cavan; St Colman's College Newry v St Ronan's Lurgan or St Macartan's College, Monaghan; Omagh CBS v St Patrick's College Maghera or Abbey CBS Newry; St Michael's College, Enniskillen v St Patrick's GS Armagh or St Paul's HS, Bessbrook.

Dankse Bank McLarnon Cup Quarter-Finals: St Eunan's Letterkenny v St Louis Ballymena, Holy Trinity College Cookstown v Our Lady's College, Castleblayney; Patrician HS Carrickmacross v St Mary's Belfast; St Ciaran's College Ballygawley v St Columb's College Derry.

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