Cookstown reach Markey Cup final

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Holy Trinity Cookstown [holders] 1-12 Ballybay Community School 1-6

HOLY Trinity Cookstown are only sixty minutes away from retaining their Markey Cup title after a six point win over Ballybay Community School at the Morgan Athletic Grounds in Armagh on Monday afternoon.

The winners weren’t at their best but having said that they still had too much in their lock for the Monaghan lads and they now meet local rivals St.Ciarans Ballygawley in next week’s final. Holy Trinity had the wind at their backs in the first half but they struggled to make it count and after twenty minutes they were only 0-3 to 0-2 in front with Michael Cassidy, John Loughran and Declan McClure their scorers. McClure then hit another brace before substitute Danny McNulty got in for a well taken goal in injury time at the end of the opening period to leave his side 1-7 to 0-3 in front at the break.

Three minutes into the second half Ballybay were right back in the game when Shane McGuinness scored a goal and when his midfielder partner James McElroy added a well taken point in the next attack Holy Trinity looked to be in trouble. They didn’t panic though with Aidan Armstrong hitting a trio of quality points with Kieran McGeary and James McGahan also on target and as Ballybay lost their way they finished the game with fourteen men after centre half back Ciaran Duffy was sent off for a second yellow card offence. Holy Trinity Cookstown – Anthony McKenna, Caolan Coney, Ruairi Mullan, Niall McWilliams, Michael Mills, Conor McAleer, Eoin Coyle, Anthony Devlin, Kieran McGeary, Declan McClure, John Loughran, Aidan Armstrong, Barry Potter, Michael Cassidy, Daryl McGee. Subs - Danny McNulty for McGee, James McGahan for Potter, Mattie Hughes for Coney, Ryan Kelly for McClure

Scorers – Aidan Armstrong 0-3, Declan McClure 0-3, Danny McNulty 1-0, Michael Cassidy 0-2, John Loughran 0-2, Kieran McGeary 0-1, James McGahan 0-1

Ballybay Community School – Ronan Markey, Kevin Farrelly, Killian Lynch, Ryan Conlon, Patrick Markey, Ciaran Duffy, Adrian Maguire, James McElroy, Shane McGuinness, Niall Duffy, Mark Duffy, Stephen McCabe, Darn McElroy, Justin Pankinas, Dessie Ward. Sub – Eugene McGeogh for Pankinas

Scorers – Shane McGuinness 1-4, James McElroy 0-1, Dessie Ward 0-1

Referee – Stephen McKinney, Armagh