Bessbrook through to Treanor finalApril 06, 2017
Danske Bank Treanor Cup semi-final
St Paul’s Bessbrook 2-14 St Malachy’s Belfast 0-12
With 15 minutes to go in this Danske Bank Treanor Cup semi-final, St Malachy’s Belfast looked the most likely to be playing Loreto Coleraine in next Wednesday’s final.
They had been the dominant team in the opening half and led by 0-9 to 0-5 with CJ Fulton, Sean Stewart, Conn Doherty, Niall O’Conner and Conor Ryan all playing well.
Nothing much had changed by the three-quarter stage with the teams sharing six points during the third quarter.
However the Belfast side failed to score between then and the end of the game with Bessbrook’s aggression on breaking ball taking over and pinning their opponents into their defence.
Paul McNally converted three frees to bring the teams level and his side now had the momentum. Lúc Mallon and Sean Boylan edged St Paul’s into the lead and they clinched victory with Shea Magill firing home goals in the 58th and 60th minutes.
St Malachy’s : CJ Fulton 0-5, 0-2 frees, Sean Stewart 0-3, Conn Doherty 0-2, Niall O’Connor 0-1, Conor Ryan 0-1
St Paul’s Shea Magill 2-1, Paul McNally 0-7, 0-4 frees, Lúc Mallon 0-2, Sean Boylan 0-2, Jordan Burns 0-1, Jack Cunningham 0-1.