Loreto reach first Treanor Cup final

April 04, 2017

Danske Bank Treanor Cup semi-final

Loreto, Coleraine 8-13 Holy Trinity Cookstown 2-7

Loreto Coleraine delivered an impressive second half of controlled possession football in Banagher yesterday afternoon to reach a first ever Danske Bank Treanor Cup final.

There was a slight breeze favouring Holy Trinity in the opening half, but it picked up a bit to assist Loreto during the second. Nevertheless the Coleraine side were in command at the break, leading by 2-4 to 1-5.

Tiarnan Mackle had scored the goal for Cookstown, but strikes from Glenullin’s Paul Rafferty and Ballerin’s Costos Papachristopolos edged Loreto ahead.

There was little sign at that point that the second half would be so dominated by Loreto, despite the best efforts of Oran Mulgrew and Tiarnan Mackle.

The two goal-scorers doubled their totals in the second half, while Conor Kearney fired in two goals as well and there was one each for Eoghan McKeever and Donal O’Kane.

The second semi-final between St Paul’s Bessbrook and St Malachy’s Belfast will go ahead tomorrow (THURSDAY) with a 10.45am throw-in at Derrymacash, Lurgan.

Loreto: Paul Rafferty 2-1, Conor Kearney 2-1, Costa Papachristopolas 2-1, Donal O’Kane 1-1, Eoghan McKeever 1-0, Ben Dillon 0-5, 0-3 frees, Pearse McGonigle 0-2, Odhran McLarnon 0-2 frees.

Holy Trinity: Tiarnan Mackle 1-1, John Duffy 1-0, Mark Devlin 0-3, 0-2 frees, Shea Quinn 0-2, Sean Gallagher 0-1.