MacRory Cup final: Michael's claim sixth crown
19 March 2012
St. Patrick's Conor McAtamney challenges St. Michael's Lee Brennan during the MacRoary Cup final in the Morgan Athletic Grounds ©INPHO/Presseye/Declan Roughan
St Michael's, Enniskillen defeated St Patrick's, Maghera to win the 2012 MacRory Cup.
The Fermanagh boys claimed their sixth MacRory Cup title in total and their first in ten years by virtue of a superb second-half display at the Athletic Grounds, prevailing by 0-9 to 1-4 after trailing by 1-3 to 0-2 at the break.
By outscoring the Derry representatives by 0-7 to 0-1 after the restart, Dominic Corrigan's charges proved themselves the best senior colleges team in the province - this in spite of the dismissal of Liam Martin who picked up a second yellow card at the end of the third quarter.
Gerard Bradley's 14th-minute goal had St Patrick's in control early on after Man of the Match Eddie Courtney had opened the scoring with a St Michael's point. Wing back Niall Beggan was the winners' only other first-half scorer.
Courtney finished the match with six points to his credit as the Fermanagh school restricted their opponents to just a solitary 55th-minute point after the break.
St Michael's, Enniskillen: P Sweeney; E Hamill, C Cullen, K McDonnell; L Cullen, N Shannon, N Beggan (0-1); R Brennan, R Hyde; C Murphy, L Martin (0-1), N Maguire; T McCaffery (0-1), B McAleer, E Courtney (0-6). Subs: L Jones for Murphy, L Brennan for Beggan, D Teague for McCaffery.
St Pat's, Maghera: S McNicholl; O Hegarty, M McCloskey, G McKinless; B Rogers, C Carville, C O'Doherty; C McAtamney, R Dougan; J Kearney (0-1), C Murphy, P Gunning; S O'Hara (0-2), N McNicholl, G Bradley (1-1). Subs: C Convery for Murphy, D McFaul for McNicholl, C Gallagher for Rogers, R McElwee for Gunning, P Cassidy for Kearney.
Referee: J McQuillan (Cavan).