Abbey to make it third time lucky

Ulster Schools Markey Cup final 

Abbey to make it third time lucky

Abbey Vocational School are bidding to make it third time lucky when they face Fermanagh Schools in the Ulster Schools Markey Cup final on Wednesday night in Garvaghy.(throw-in 7 pm)

On the losing side in 1985 and 1995, the class of 2016 have made it to the school’s third Markey decider.

Present Donegal GAA chairman, Sean Dunnion, was one of the central players on the 1985 team while former county senior Barry Monaghan was on the vanquished 1995 side.

This year’s team is managed by Pauric O’Donnell and after bowing out of the Donegal race at the semi-final stage, losing to St Columba’s CS, Glenties, they have bounced back in impressive fashion to qualify for the final.

“We were disappointed to lose to St Columba’s but we were also very disappointed  with our performance in that game,” O'Donnell said.

“It was just one of those games when we did not perform but we have played ten games this year and that was the only game we lost.”

Abbey have produced their best  form in Ulster. They had a comprehensive 15 point win, 2-20 to 1-8, over Ballybay CS, in the quarter-final.

It took two games to separate them and Baileborough C in the semi-final. It took a late Peadar Mogan to earn a 0-13 each draw after extra-time, in the first game before they ran out five-point winners in the replay.

Jack Keaney hit 1-5 and Daniel Gallagher posted  1-1 while Neil Ward and Daniel Brennan scored a point each in the 2-10 to 1-8 win over the Cavan men.

The Abbey squad is made up of players from Four Masters and St Nauls - Gavin Mulreaney, Dan Meehan, Aaron McCrea, Cathal Canavan, John Relihan, Peadar Mogan, Brian Fegan, Brendan McCole, Thomas McGowan, Nathan Ward, Jack Keaney, Jamie Crawford, Neil Ward, Daniel Gallagher,  Conor Breslin, Conor Gavigan, Oisin Reid, Ryan Hegarty, Jamie Burke, Tom O'Grady, Iarlaith Cox, Shaun Griffin, Cathal Charlton, Thomas Gallagher, Colum McDonnell, Shaun Meehan, Paul Cannon.