In glorious conditions at Steelstown, Co. Derry on Tuesday, St. Eunan’s College progressed to the play-off stages of the MacRory Cup with a big win over St. Mary’s, Magherafelt.
St. Eunan’s College 0-15
St. Mary’s Magherafelt 1-4
St. Mary’s played a great open game of football. In the first 10 minutes St. Eunan’s raced into a four point lead with Rory Carr in great form scoring from 40 yards, and points from David Tyrell, James Mc Sharry. and Michael Miller who was creating a lot of difficulty with his penetrating runs especially on the right wing.
St. Mary’s got their first point after 15 minutes from Ben Mc Kinless.
However, St. Eunan’s pushed on and points from the ever running Sean McDonagh, Ciaran Maloney and David Tyrrell gave the Donegal boys a solid platform with Oisin Shields running at the defence consistently.
This was a great first half with six of the scores coming from play. However, they also had six wides and four balls into hands of St. Mary’s goalkeeper Ryan O’ Neill. St. Mary’s Conor Small scored a late point to make it 0-7 to 0-2 at half-time.
In the second half St. Eunan’s put in a strong 10 minutes to lead by0-11 to 0-3. Rory Carr continued to dominate up front and along with Michael Miller, Caolan Mc Daid and Niall O’Donnell they played some lovely football with a mixture of short passing and long balls into the square zone..
St. Mary’s never gave up and in a very wasteful period they only put one point on the board with five wides.
Matthew Gallagher (St. Eunan’s College goalkeeper) made some fine clearances and was commanding in the air. St. Eunan’s defence was strong with Darragh Mc Walters having a towering presence and with Conor Morrison, Conall O’ Boyle and the young Glen man Cormac Callaghanin excellent form.
In the final period St. Eunan’s and St. Mary’s traded points and after a great pass by Kevin Grant, Caoimhin Marley finished off the scoring for St. Eunan’s. A goal by St. Mary’s came too late to make a difference.
To the delight of manager Gary Mc Daid, St. Eunan’s College will progress to the play off with either St. Pat’s, Armagh or St. Pat’s, Dungannon.awaiting the men from Sentry Hill.
St. Eunan’s will play their final match in the group against St. Mac artan’s Monaghan next Tuesday, venue yet to be decided.
St. Eunan’s College: Matthew Gallagher, Conor Morrison, Darragh Mc Walters, Conall O’Boyle, Ciaran Maloney, Kevin Grant, Sean Mc Donagh (0-1), David Tyrrell (0-3), Cormac Callaghan, Ciaran Maloney (0-1),James Mc Sharry (0-1), Niall O’Donnell (0-1), Oisin Shields, Michael Miller (0-3), Rory Carr (0-4), Subs used: Caoimhin Marley (0-1), Ciaran Kelly, Michael Friel, Cormac Cannon, Michael Patton.