Three goals in the opening quarter helped send St.Pat’s Maghera to a comfortable ten point (5-7 to 1-9) success over St.Paul’s Bessbrook in the Danske Bank MacRory Cup final in Armagh on St.Patrick’s Day.
The raging hot favourites found the net after only three minutes through Shane McGuigan and when the full forward repeated the dose you got the feeling that the result was inevitable.
Francis Kearney then fired in goal number three and, while St.Paul’s replied with points from Jarlath Og Burns, Damian O’Hagan and Shea Loye, another major from Paddy Quigg left it 4-4 to 0-5 at halftime.
Liam Kerr and Loye closed the gap on the restart before the latter blasted in a well taken 46th minute goal. McGuigan and Oisin McWilliams had Maghera points but Bessbrook kept in touch through Kerr and Loye.
With ten minutes to go Ryan McSherry was denied a goal by a brilliant Sean Cassidy save at a time when six points separated the sides. Maghera closed the game out in style with an injury time penalty from Conall Darragh.
St.Pat’s Maghera: S Cassidy; O McKeever, P Turner, K Feeney; P McCormack, S Downey, C McAllister; C Glass, J Doherty; P Kearney, P Quigg (1-0), O McWilliams (0-2); C Darragh (1-0, pen), S McGuigan (2-4), F Kearney (1-1). Subs: T Walsh for McKeever, D McPeake for Quigg, M Mullan for McWilliams, C Mulholland for McAllister, F Higgins for P Kearney
St.Paul’s Bessbrook: M Murphy; C Magennis, D Loye, C McDonnell; E McCabe, R Gaskin, C Clarke; J Og Burns (0-1), D O’Hagan (0-1); R Keenan, N Magennis (0-1), A Boyle; L Kerr (0-3, 2f), S Loye (1-3, 1f), R McSherry. Subs: S Finnegan for Keenan, J Durnin for O’Hagan, R Hughes for N Magennis
Referee: M McNally, Monaghan