Cavan and Maghera will contest Dalton Cup finalMarch 31, 2017
Danske Bank Dalton Cup semi-finals
St Patrick’s Maghera 2-8 Abbey CBS 1-2
St Patrick’s Cavan 2-10 Omagh CBS 1-7
The Patrician Colleges of Maghera and Cavan will contest next week’s Danske Bank Dalton Cup final after, in the end, comfortable enough victories yesterday afternoon.
Maghera defeated Abbey CBS by 2-8 to 1-2 in Donaghmore. They led by 1-4 to 0-1 at the break having played with the aid of a strong breeze. Shea McKenna scored 1-2 during that opening half.
The key scored of the game was a goal from Jody McDermott early in the second half to stretch Maghera’s lead and delay the Abbey comeback.
McDermott and Michael Mulholland at midfield posed a problem for the Newry side throughout, while Adam McLaughlin, Adam McGonigle and Lavey pair Patrick McGurk and Callum Downey were impressive at the back with plenty of movement in the forward line.
Adam Garvey scored a goal for Abbey midway through the second half, but Maghera controlled the game after McDermott’s goal, despite the best efforts of Liam O’Connor, Matthew Morgan and Darcy Burns.
The other semi-final was in the balance longer with Cavan and Omagh CBS tied on 0-4 each at the break.
Conor McGillian opened the second half with an Omagh goal, but Cavan hit back with points from Daithi Sheils and Philip Smyth before Richard Ayodele fired to the net to put them ahead.
Although Omagh came back to narrow the gap with points from Patrick Corcoran and McGillian, Donal McSorley (2) and Emanuel Sheha kept the score-board running for Cavan until Ayodele pounced for his second goal near the end.
Elsewhere yesterday Patrician High Carrickmacross emerged from a ten goals epic play-off with St Louis Ballymena to reach the Danske Bank Corn Cholmchille quarter-final. They eventually won by 5-12 to 5-2 and will now play St Ronan’s Lurgan on Tuesday.
Maghera : Shea McKenna 1-2, Jodie McDermott 1-0, Fergal Coyle 0-1, Cormac Mullan 0-1, Michael Mulholland 0-2 Cathal Chambers 0-1 Setanta McLaughlin 0-1.
Abbey CBS : Adam Garvey 1-0, Eoin Loughran 0-3.
Cavan : Richard Ayodele 2-0, Daithi Sheils 0-3, Donal McSorley 0-2, Philip Smyth 0-2, Cormac Clarke 0-1, Ben Monaghan 0-1, Emanuel Sheha 0-1.
Omagh CBS : Conor McGillian 1-2, Patrick Corcoran 0-2, Gavin Potter 0-2, Cian Murphy 0-1.