Ulster Schools’ Markey quarter-final
Carrick Vocational School 1-11
St Patrick’s College, Dungannon 2-7
Stephen and Patrick McBrearty kicked two points each as Carrick Vocational School came from behind to overcome St Patrick’s College from Dungannon in yesterday’s Ulster Schools’ Markey Cup quarter-final.
Played in Sean MacCumhaill Park, the Carrick boys had to pull out all the stops in the closing 10 minutes after they had almost kicked the tie away in the first half and again at the start of the second half. A tally of 15 wides to St Patrick’s six is a statistic that tells its own story.
It took the determination and drive of Stephen McBrearty to raise the Carrick challenge after Dungannon had come from behind to hit the front with their second goal in the middle of the second half.
Caolan Morgan’s three pointer on 44 minutes, something against the run of play turned the tie on its head and propelled the Tyrone boys into a two point lead 2-16 to 1-7. Morgan pouncing after an Enda McGahan free dropped short in the danger area.
All of a sudden, from having the look of winners about them - albeit they were making hard work of it - Carrick were on the back foot and staring down the barrel of defeat. But they re-grouped and the younger McBrearty led the charge.
He drove forward from wing back on 55 minutes to tie up the game at 1-9 to 2-6 minutes after his brother Patrick had reduce the margin. And he edged Carrick back in front on the stroke of time before big brother made it a two point game in the early seconds of injury time.
Dungannon’s best player Enda McGahan did pull one back with literally the last kick of the game five minutes into time added on. But in the end it was only academic as Carrick held on after getting the fright of their lives and are now looking forward to an all Donegal semi-final with Rosses Community School either on Thursday or Friday with Sean MacCumhaill Park again or Tir Conaill Park in Donegal Town the likely venues.
This was a game that Carrick should have won much easier than they did. They were the slicker outfit and played with more purpose throughout.
It was their wastefulness in front of the post with the normally reliable Matthew McClean, Owen McHugh and Patrick McBrearty all having and off day in front of the posts that nearly cost them. But that apart they were much the better side and as well as the aforementioned Stephen McBrearty, they also had five start performances from Rory McIntyre, Christopher Dohetry, Patrick McBrearty, Ryan McHugh, Owen McHugh and McClean.
St. Patrick’s got off the better start and led 1-2 to 0-1 after ten minutes. Matthew McGahan opening the scoring for St. Patricks’ with a goal inside seven minutes with Enda McGahan and Matthew Mulgrew scoring the other Dungannon points. Matthew McClean got Carrick off the mark on ten minutes.
Carrick did enjoy a good finish to the first half as Patrick McBrearty(3), Jordan Cunningham and McClean all pointed before Ryan McHugh hit the Dungannon net to send Carrick in two up 1-6 to 1-4 at half-time.
McHugh provided the finish after a great run from Stephen McBrearty. Barry McKernan and Enda McGahan scored the other Dungannon first half points.
Patrick McBrearty got the show on the road with a 40-metre free at the start of the second half. But amazingly Carrick did not score again for 20 minutes during which time they conspired to kick a string of wides to keep the game alive for Dungannon.
And the Tyrone boys slowly eased back into the game with points from Matthew and Enda McGahan, before Coalan Morgan crashed goal number two to the Carrick net.
Back in front, 2-6 to 1-7, Dungannon missed a couple of opportunities to extend their advantage before Stephen McBrearty stepped into the breach with his two inspirational runs and two points.
Carrick VS: Kevin Boyle; Rory McIntyre, Ciaran O’Donnell, Christopher Cunningham; Stephen McBrearty (0-2), Christopher Doherty, Stephen Jones; Jordan Cunningham (0-1), Kevin McNern; Aidan McGinley, Francis McGinley, Eoin McHugh; Ryan McHugh (1-0), Patrick McBrearty (0-6, 3f), Matthew McClean (0-2,1f).
St. Patrick’s: Nathan Brady; Rory Fox, Anthony Daly, Martin McCann; Shane McKernan, Caolan Morgan (1-0), Peter McCann; Enda McGahan (0-4, 2f), Alan McCluskey; Conor Muldoon, Niall Kelly, Matthew Mulgrew (0-1), Kelvin Campbell, Donal Mallon, Matthew McGahan (1-1).
Referee: Ciaran Brolly (Derry).
Man of the Match
Stephen McBrearty drove forward when the chips were down and showed great determination and leadership and kicked the two late vital points. Stephen had a good game throughout and driving runs pushed Dungannon back time after time in the first half and again in the second. And it was one of those runs in the first half that paved the way for Ryan McHugh’s goal.
Ryan McHugh’s goal five minutes before half time was a big score and gave Carrick a two point half-time cushion. But when it came down to it McBrearty two late points finally turned the tide in favour of the Donegal boys.
Derry referee Ciaran Brolly let the game flow and had a good game even if he was a little lenient when it came to persistent fouling. Something that St. Patrick’s were the more guilty of the two teams. This was especially the case in the first half.