St. Eugene's Newtownstewart GAA hosted a great MacRory Cup A Collegues game between St. Eunan’s College and St. Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon on Tuesday..
Leading by 1 -4 to 0 -2 St. Patrick’s looked the sharper team especially in front of goal. St. Eunan’s squandered a number of chances throughout the half. David Boyle(Captain) and Gary Kelly scoring points in 6th and 10th minute leaving it 2 points each at the water break. However a fantastic goal resulting from a turn over from a St. Eunan’s attack, the St. Patrick’s boys swept down field and in 4 great passes, Ciaran Mc Veigh scored a cracking goal. St.Eunan’s defence otherwise was faultless. Fintan Doherty in goal had several great saves throughout the match and his distributions of kick outs were sharp and each time he found a player. Donal Gallagher was definitely candidate for man of the match marshaling his defense along with Oisin Mc Daid, Noah Barrett, Jake Kelly, Oisin Ward and Niall Sweeney. After all the great work St. Eunan’s trailed by 1 - 4 0 - 2 at half time.
In the 2nd half St. Eunan’s powered through James Gallagher and Gerard Shiels making great runs on both wings along with Max Roarty the young Creeslough whose tenacity was rewarded with a well taken points in the 5th min of the 2nd half.
Full back Donal Gallagher scored a great point in the 12 min and St Eunan’s trailed by 1 -6 to 0- 4 after 15 min. David Boyle added another point and then Glenswilly man Gary Kelly scored a pile driver to the back of the net after great work by Niall Sweeney and David Boyle. St. Patrick’s were reeling but went 1-7 to 1-5 ahead. Tireless work by Jamie Mc Auley, and Daithi Gildae gave the St. Patrick’s defense a lot of work to do then up stepped Donal Gallagher again with another great point. St. Eunan’s had another great effort in the final minute only to see it go narrowly wide and from the resulting kick out St Patrick’s Niall O’ Donnell scored to make it 1-8 to 1-6.
Substitutes all played their part Reid Kelly, Lorcan Harvey, Bryan Drum, Mark Bonner and Michael Doherty.