St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon booked their place in the MacRory Cup final thanks to a seven point victory under the lights at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh over the rookies of St Paul’s Bessbrook.
The Killymeal Road school led from the first minute to the last to seal their spot in the St Patrick’s Day showcase as they disposed of the McCormick Cup holders.
Just as in their victory over St Patrick’s Maghera, the Academy laid the foundation for their success in a strong opening 30 minutes, as they built an unassailable eleven point advantage.
Dungannon dominated at midfield throughout the game, Colin Campbell and Brian Kennedy giving their side a big physical advantage, while Stephen Corr marshalled the defence superbly.
Up front Fintan McClure and Ryan Coleman gave the south Armagh men a torrid time, with Coleman in particular turning in a superb performance for the Academy.
Dungannon took the lead after just 33 seconds as they broke up a Bessbrook attempt to clear from defence and ran through on goal.
Cormac O’Hagan, influential throughout the contest, fed Daniel Kerr, and the nimble Galbally player found the net with a scuffed effort that the Bessbrook defenders just couldn’t keep out of the net.
By halftime the Dungannon advantage had been stretched to eleven points and they went on to win by seven, 3-11 to 1-10, Cormac O’Hagan and Ryan Coleman with the other Academy goals.