19 March 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney ended a ten-year wait in some style when they won Tuesday’s all-Monaghan Danske Bank Ulster Colleges MacLarnon Cup Final against Patrician High School, Carrickmacross in Armagh. Like in the 2005 final, Our Lady’s hit four goals, but this time they were much more convincing winners than a decade ago, when they only managed to kick one point.

Both teams had impressed on their way to this decider, but goals by Micheál Bannigan, Jamie Walshe, James Wilson and Barry McGinn separated the teams. Bannigan produced a powerful finish under pressure after a one-two with Walshe for the only major of the first half, before McGinn set up Walshe to put daylight between the teams and Wilson raced through to fire home, before Walshe returned the favour for McGinn. Ulster Colleges All-Star McGinn, who hit two goals in Monaghan’s Ulster MFC Final win in 2013, scored a string of excellent points off both feet on his way to a total of 1-6 and he overcame a knock to his shoulder, which he had dislocated in Doohamlet’s MFC Division Two success last September.

At the other end, Dáire Rowe accounted for half of Patrician’s eight points, but Blayney will be happy with how they dealt with the twin threat of the Meath man and Monaghan minor ……


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