Danske Bank Arthur Cup
Lismore Comprehensive College 1-11-3-08 St. Mary’s CBGS
By Kevin Herron
St. Mary’s CBGS current Year 12 Gaelic team claimed their first Ulster colleges victory ever with a 3-08-1-11 win over Lismore Comprehensive College in Lurgan this afternoon.
Trailing by four points at the break it appeared as though the Glen Road side were going to experience that familiar feeling of defeat – though seven-point swing in the second-half finally saw St. Mary’s CBGS claim that elusive win at Ulster colleges level.
CJ Sullivan edged the visitors ahead inside of two minutes – though Lismore seized control early on and followed up an equalising point with a converted free to edge ahead.
A hosts then added a goal to go 1-02-0-01 ahead – though St. Mary’s CBGS captain
Liam Carr powerfully rifled to the net to give his side a lifeline.
It spurred the Glen Road side on and after Dylan Magee and Daire Murphy combined well in midfield Caolan O’Duifin was slipped through on the left wing and O’Duifin advanced before cooly side footing to the net to edge his side 2-01-1-02 in front.
Lismore responded to their set-back emphatically and outscored St. Mary’s 0-07-0-01 in the remainder of the opening half – Liam Carr converted a free for his sides only score in that period as the Glen Road side trailed 1-09-2-02 at the interval.
Playing with the wind advantage in the second period St. Mary’s set about finding a route back into proceedings.
The industrious and hard working Michael McDaid conjured up the opening point of the second-half with a fine curling effort having manoeuvred his way through a packed Lismore defence.
The Craigavon side played the patience game with possession and attempted to lure St. Mary’s out of shape in order to increase their tally, however Eoin Trainor, Conall McCabe and Barra McCaffrey helped get their side on the front foot – forcing turnovers that led to scores through confident captain Carr.
With little under ten minutes to play Carr edged his side 2-07-1-09 ahead – Lismore refused to panic though and levelled through their sharp shooting half-forward whose accuracy from the placed ball was excellent all afternoon.
The hard working St. Mary’s full back line of Patrick Moyes, Ben McCauley and Anton McLaughlin were marshalled well by shot stopper Paul McLaughlin and determined to leave with the two-points the Glen Road side regained the lead with two minutes to play through Carr who took his personal tally to 1-06.
It looked as the though the points would be shared though as Lismore’s number eleven converted his third free of the half to draw level at 2-08-1-11.
But as the game moved into injury-time St. Mary’s CBGS clinched the spoils – a delicious and delicate pass from substitute Jay Burns was gathered by Caolan O’Duifin and the St Paul’s wing-half forward advanced and cooly slotted beneath the Lismore goalkeeper and into the net for his second goal of the afternoon.
Lismore pushed for a late leveller but saw a late goal chance loop wide of the target as St. Mary’s CBGS Year 12s held out for their first Ulster colleges win as a year group and will take confidence into their remaining group games.