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8 March 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

St Paul’s 2-12
St Macartan’s 1-06

BY JOHN GRAHAM

A PLACE in the MacRory Cup Final in the year when the college celebrated 100 years of gaelic games in the Sem proved a bridge too far for St Macartan’s College as a rampant St. Paul’s Bessbrook blitzed their way to the final in their first season competing in the MacRory Cup in what was quite a one-way contest at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh on Wednesday evening last.
St. Paul’s Bessbrook completely dominated this game with the exception of a short period just before half-time when St Macartan’s made a fight of it but the first timers simply had too many weapons in their armoury and the Macartan’s boys were left chasing shadows for most of the match.
With Aaron McKay and Blaine Malone completely dominating midfield St. Paul’s got down to business right from the start, a start that was delayed by some 10 minutes due to crowd congestion getting into the ground, and the Monaghan lads were under increasingly unrelenting pressure with full forward Ciaron O’Hanlon leading them a merry dance ably assisted by Eoghan and Fionnan Burns along with Connaire Mackin and Conor Nugent.
Using their halfbacks as the launch pad for counter attacks St. Paul’s had built up a 10 points lead before St Macartan’s opened their account with a goal from a penalty in the 21st minute.
That score did inject some momentum and they had fought back to within four points by the break.
Any chance of a fight back in the second-half though was killed off as St. Paul’s replicated their lightening …

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