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St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon Vs St Patrick’s Cavan – 2015 GAA MacRory Cup Final

St Pat’s Academy, Dungannon fell to St Pat’s College, Cavan in this year’s Ulster Colleges MacRory Cup final in Armagh on Tuesday.

The Cavan side led for most of the game with their midfield claiming most of the Academy kickouts to go in 0-06 to 0-04 up at HT. Dungannon did come back after the break stronger with a couple of quick points to level the game but that was as close as it got for the Tyrone representatives as Cavan got a hold back onto the game before Edward Donohue struck the first of two goals to end the game as a contest. Hard luck to my old school, they will be back!

Full time score; St Patrick’s Academy 0-08 St Patrick’s Cavan 2-12.

Below are my photos from the game.

St Patrick's College Cavan team,

St Patrick’s College Cavan team.

 

St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon.... probably the widest team photo ever.

St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon…. probably the widest team photo ever.

 

Team captains Fintan McClure and Pierce Smith with referee Paudie Hughes.

Team captains Fintan McClure and Pierce Smith with referee Paudie Hughes.

 

St Pat's Academy management Peter Herron and Ciaran Gourley.

St Pat’s Academy management Peter Herron and Ciaran Gourley.

 

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St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon MacRory Cup Exhibition Game

On Saturday afternoon, St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon opened their new GAA grounds Pairc Mhic an tSagairt (named after the late Mon. McEntaggart) with a wonderful exhibition of football remembering the successful MacRory Cup teams of 1991/1997 and 2004.

For me this was a terrific trip down memory lane as I attended St Pat’s (Boys’) Academy from 1996 to 2003 and have a lot of fond memories from those years. At the end of my first year in 1997, the school won the MacRory Cup and I can still remember the celebrations with Monsignor Faul in the assembly hall and what an event this was. Seven years later the cup returned and although I had already left the school, I knew most of the boys involved in the team and it was fantastic to see them back in the red Academy jersey on Saturday for the exhibition match.

Although there have been a lot of changes in the school structure and staff since I have left, it was great to see some of the teachers that taught me and some old school pals too throughout the day. Together with some nostaglic tales from Paddy Parke, Adrian Logan, Fintan Donnelly and Fr McAleer, it really was a wonderful afternoon.

The opening of Pairc Mhic an tSagairt is the beginning of a new chapter for St Patrick’s Academy as they have now been approved for a new school build – hopefully these new exciting developments will mean that the next MacRory Cup success isn’t far away.

Below are a range of photos from the day, all of which was led and coordinated impeccably by past pupil and 2004 MacRory Cup winner Owen Coyle. Maith thú!

The new Paric Mhic an tSagarirt GAA Grounds.

The new Paric Mhic an tSagarirt GAA Grounds.

 

The 1991/1997 MacRory Cup winning team.

The 1991/1997 MacRory Cup winning team.

 

The 2004 MacRory Cup winning team from St Patrick's Academy.

The 2004 MacRory Cup winning team from St Patrick’s Academy.

 

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Tyrone Vs Down – 2014 GAA Ulster Football Championship, Half Time Game

During half time of the Ulster Senior championship match, a number of very lucky children from throughout the two counties of Tyrone and Down took part in a mini game. Below are action and presentation photos of the stars of the future!

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St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon Vs Abbey CBS, Newry – 2014 GAA MacRory Cup, Quarter Final

On Thursday night in the Athletic Grounds, the quarter finals of the MacRory Cup took place between my old school of St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon and Newry’s Abbey CBS.

In true school’s football style, it was a game of two halves for both sides with Abbey CBS dominating well in the first half and going in at the break with a comfortable 5 point lead. Then St Patrick’s Academy turned the tide in the second half with some fantastic scores and a powerhouse performance from all the players which saw them take the lead by 4 points approaching full time. As safe as this sounded, Abbey CBS somehow got the ball into the net on the 60th minute and what seemed like a dubious enough free to me was awarded to Abbey in the dying seconds of injury time to give them the draw.

A fair enough result perhaps over the 60 minutes, hopefully St Pat’s can give another performance like their second half display for the replay in the next few days.

Full time score; St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon 2-13 Abbey CBS 2-13

Players from both schools get to know each other in the opening minutes.

Players from both schools get to know each other in the opening minutes.

 

Ruairi McGlone leaps for the ball in the air.

Ruairi McGlone leaps for the ball in the air.

 

This Academy defender gets one in the face despite making a clean catch.

This Academy defender gets one in the face despite making a clean catch.

 

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St Patrick’s Maghera Vs St Patrick’s Navan – 2013 GAA All Ireland Colleges Final

After the vocational schools final, the two St Patrick’s sides from Maghera and Navan took on each other in the Masita All-Ireland Colleges Final to see who would be taking home the coveted Hogan Cup.

From the beginning of the game, Maghera dominated throughout with scores coming from Gerald Bradley, Neil Mc Nicholl, Danny Tallon and Stephen O’Hara. Excellent work in and around midfield from Peter Cassidy and Conor Glass meant that their five point lead at half time never looked liked slipping and they went onto secure their fifth overall Hogan Cup title on a scoreline of St Pat’s Maghera 1-20 St Pat’s Navan 1-10.

Well done to them and their great supporters who I had a good laugh with at half time.

Conor Carville lifts the Hogan Cup for St Patrick's Maghera.

Conor Carville lifts the Hogan Cup for St Patrick’s Maghera.

 

The Maghera boys line out for the national anthem.

The Maghera boys line out for the national anthem.

 

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Holy Trinity Cookstown Vs Cnoc Mhuire Granard – 2013 GAA All Ireland Vocational Schools Final

On Saturday, I travelled down to Croke Park for the Masita All-Ireland vocational schools and colleges finals. First game that was up was the vocational schools final between Tyrone’s Holy Trinity Cookstown and Cnoc Mhuire, Granard. Holy Trinity were hoping to repeat last year’s All-Ireland success with a back to back win for Peter Canavan and Adrian O’Donnell’s side.

Holy Trinity got off to a lucky start after a fortunate goal but Cnoc Mhuire soon struck back with a similar fortunate goal of their own. The Tyrone boys were guilty on several occasions of poor passing and free kick taking resulting in Granard taking a lead and even after their midfielder was sent off in the opening half, they couldn’t use it to their advantage going in at half time trailing 2-07 to 1-04.

A more spirited Cookstown side came out in the second half and after a few changes from the bench, they gradually started pulling back the deficit. After another fortunate goal for Holy Trinity, points from Daryl Mc Gee, James Mc Gahan and Damian Woods really sent the game down to the wire as full time approached but it was too little too late for the Trinity when a high tackle in injury time resulted in them also being reduced to 14 men and then the full time whistle sounded.

Full time score; Holy Trinity Cookstown 2-12 Cnoc Mhuire Granard 2-13

Hard luck to them, I’m sure they won’t be far away from reaching the same stage in 2014.

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Joint manager of Holy Trinity Cookstown, Peter Canavan.

Joint manager of Holy Trinity Cookstown, Peter Canavan.

 

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Cnoc Mhuire strike goal.

Cnoc Mhuire strike goal.

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St Patrick’s Maghera Vs St Gerald’s, Castlebar – 2013 GAA All Ireland Colleges Semi Final

In the second game of the day at Brewster Park Enniskillen, current MacRory Cup holders St Patrick’s College Maghera faced the challenge of St Gerald’s Castlebar in the All Ireland Colleges Senior football semi final.

Two quick goals in the first half from Conor Glass and Gerald Bradley allowed St Pat’s to take a 6 point advantage in with them at half time and despite conceding a goal in the second half, they held on to make the Hogan Cup final in 2 weeks on a score line of 3-06 to 1-07.

Below are some of my photos from the game.

The St Pat's Maghera team line out in Brewster Park.

The St Pat’s Maghera team line out in Brewster Park.

 

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Holy Trinity Cookstown Vs Davitt College, Castlebar – 2013 GAA All Ireland Vocational Schools Semi Final

Holy Trinity Cookstown have made their second All Ireland Vocational Schools final in two years following their comprehensive 2-12 to 1-06 win over Mayo school Davitt College, Castlebar in Brewster Park, Enniskillen on Saturday.

After beating St Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley in the Tyrone final two weeks ago, Cookstown (wearing Eglish GFC jerseys for the game) faced a tougher challenge and were frustrated in the opening 15 minutes when they struggled to find any sort of flow or scores to their game. It wasn’t until Daryl McGee was pulled down in the Castlebar square and James McGahan’s goal conversion that the Tyrone men found their form. From this point on, Adrian O’Donnell and Peter Canavan’s men dominated and won comfortably by 9 points. Although the game threatened to boil over on a number of occasions towards the end, Holy Trinity kept their composure and cool and walked off the field with 15 men and their heads held high.

Well done to them and good luck in the All-Ireland final in two weeks boys!

The Holy Trinity team huddle together before the throw in.

The Holy Trinity team huddle together before the throw in.

 

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James McGahan dodges a tackle from Brian Moran.

James McGahan dodges a tackle from Brian Moran.

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St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon Vs St Macartan’s Monaghan – 2013 MacRory Cup

Last Saturday afternoon in Emyvale, my old school of St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon took on St Macartan’s College Monaghan in the quarter final of the MacRory Cup. I only managed to make the second half of the game and unfortunately for the Academy, they were defeated by an injury time penalty on a scoreline of:

St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon 2-08 St Macartan’s College, Monaghan 2-09.

Hard luck to them. Below are a few pics from the second half.

2013 St Patrick's Academy Dungannon MacRory Cup

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2013 St Patrick's Academy Dungannon MacRory Cup

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2013 St Patrick's Academy Dungannon MacRory Cup

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St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon Vs St Patrick’s Grammar, Armagh

My old school of St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon (or as it was when I was there, the Boys’ Academy) took on St Patrick’s Grammar, Armagh in an interesting quarter final tie of the Ulster Colleges Mac Rory Cup on Friday night in the Athletic Grounds.

I heard through the grapevine that St Patrick’s Academy were fortunate enough to make through the league stages to this quarter final tie so they didn’t exactly have any favourite tags for the competition this year or even in this game against hotly tipped St Pat’s Armagh.

The Academy got off to the best start possible though as their opening score was a goal after 20 seconds and a second goal followed after a defensive error in the Armagh defence. The Academy were 2-02 to 0-01 up after 15 minutes. Errigal Ciaran’s John Devine, Davy Harte and Mark Harte, joint managers of St Pat’s Armagh, soon made some changes to the team and got them composed again and it worked as St Patrick’s Armagh only trailed by one point at the break on a scoreline of 2-03 to 0-08. The Academy had let their foot off the accelerator!

In the second half, St Pat’s Armagh gave the Academy no chance. Dungannon could not keep up with the re-vitalised Armagh side and were defeated fair and square. The Academy got a huge amount of fortune in the first half with 2 lucky goals and despite leading by 7 points at one stage, they were defeated on a score line of; St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon 2-07 St Patrick’s Grammar, Armagh 0-17.

St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon line out for the quarter final Mac Rory Cup tie.

 

Peter Mc Kenna scores a goal for St Patrick's Academy just 20 seconds into the game. Normally I am still setting my gear up at the very start of the game but was lucky enough to snap this.

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