St. Malachy’s in 7th Heaven

Danske Bank McDevitt Cup final

Friday 12.30pm in MUSA

St Malachy’s Belfast 7-10 St Patrick’s Keady 2-1

LAST year’s McDevitt Shield winners St Malachy’s Belfast stepped up a grade to collect the McDevitt Cup with this emphatic win over St Patrick’s Keady this afternoon in the Mid Ulster Sports Arena in Cookstown.

However a gap of this proportion at the end would have been hard to envisage after 15 minutes. St Patrick’s Keady pressed hard during that opening spell and were unlucky when a shot came off the post while goalie Callum Bradley also came to St Malachy’s rescue on a couple of occasions.

Slowly though the Belfast College started to take control with Dylan Rogers getting them on their way with a point and further points from Daire Keenan (0-2), Cathair McKenna (0-2) and Rogers again before Michael Jennings intercepted a poor kick-out to hammer home the game’s opening goal in the 21st minute.

Cathair McKenna, who was superb throughout, added a second and when Jennings got in for his side’s third goal just before the break it was all over with the Antrim road side taking a 3-9 to 0-0 lead into the break.

Then Daire Donnelly scored a goal on the break for the Belfast side and they visibly improved for the rest of the half, adding goals from Darragh Rooney and Cathair McKenna, to change ends with a 3-9 to 0-0 advantage.

To their credit St. Patrick’s Keady never gave up and fared better during the second half while never really looking like getting back into contention. Indeed they opened their scoring seven minutes into the second half with a point from John McKee but St. Malachy’s relied immediately with a goal from Darragh Rooney.

Shea McCloskey got the final touch in a goalmouth scramble for Keady’s opening goal and James Hamilton added another from the penalty spot but at the other end Darragh Rooney kept St Malachy’s on course with their fourth goal and there were further majors for Aodhán Pierce, Tiernán Conway and Michael Jennings with Shea McCloskey bagging a consolation score for Keady.

Jennings and Cathair McKenna were in the running for Player of the Match for their work-rate and scoring. They were well supported by Dylan Rodgers and Aodhán Pierce with a mention also for Callum Rooney in goals.

For Keady Shea Farrell, Darragh McElroy, Darragh McKee and Ollie Galvin all gave their best on a day that they were very much second best to an excellentSt. Malachy’s.

 St Malachy’s : Callum Bradley, Barra Bellew, Connaire Smyth, Ciarán Lopez, Dara Graham, Aaron Connolly, Daire Donnelly 1-0, Aodhán Pierce 1-2, Ruairí O’Connell-Scullion 0-1, Dylan Rogers 0-2, Cathair McKenna 1-2, Daire Keenan 0-1, Donal Maguire, Darragh Rooney 2-1, Michael Jennings 1-1 

Subs: Tiarnan Conway 1-0 for B Bellew, B Bellew for T Conway, T Conway for D Keenan, Tomás Benson for D Maguire, Conor McGoran for D Graham.

St Patrick’s: Paul Grimes, Darragh McElroy, Jack Gormley, Eoin O’Hara, Keaton O’Hara, Ronan Mallon, Liam McGarvey, Shea McNaughton, Darragh McKee, John McKee 0-1, James Hamilton 1-0, Shea Farrell, Ollie Galvin, Shea McCloskey 1-0, Cayden Feeney

Subs: Peadar Fagan for E O’Hara, Johnny Loughran for R Mallon, Ruairi Mullan for K O’Hara, Darron Sweeney for C Feeney, Harry Smith for L McGarvey, Conor McKeever for J McKee

Referee: Martin Conroy

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