Holy Trinity take Croke Park by stormApril 07, 2018
Holy Trinity Cookstown 0-19 St Nathy’s College Ballaghadereen 1-6
From Kevin Kelly in Pairc an Chrócaigh
Holy Trinity won a first ever Paddy Drummond Cup title when they eased to victory over St Nathy’s College at Croke Park yesterday afternoon.
Holy Trinity Cookstown dominated throughout with the ten point winning margin in no way flattering them. They led by seven points at the break and they would have been out of sight but for the fact that St Nathy’s keeper Alan Davey pulled off three top class saves.
Eunan Devlin opened the scoring and by the 11th minute Holy Trinity had six points on the board with Mark Devlin and Tiernan Quinn among their scorers. Davey then denied both Mark Devlin and Eunan Devlin and it took until the 28th minute for St Nathy’s to open their account from a James O’Hara free.
By that stage five of Holy Trinity’s forwards had registered with Tiernan Mackle and team Captain Shane Murphy also on target and while O’Hara knocked over another free it was Holy Trinity who led 0-9 to 0-2 at the break.
There was no let up from the winners on the re-start with Tiernan Quinn, Murphy and Mark Devlin all tagging on points. Kuba Callaghan and Oisin Philips had points for St Nathy’s but it was purely academic at that stage.
The Tyrone school played some superb football to rack up a big tally and while Callaghan got a late goal for the Connaught champions it was only a consolation score at that stage.
Holy Trinity Cookstown: C Loane, P Quinn, T Quinn (0-1, 1f), T McNamee, O Mulgrew, C Donnelly, M McKearney, E Gallagher (0-1), P Lagan, K Robinson, E Devlin (0-1), S Murphy (0-3,), T Quinn (0-7, 5f), Tiernan Mackle (0-1), M Devlin (0-5, 3f).
Subs: C Quinn for E Devlin, A Moore for Mackle, S McKenna for P Quinn, D Canavan for Robinson, Thomas Mackle for Donnelly
St Nathy’s College: A Davey, M Dillon, D Casey, B O’Hanlon, S O’Hara, J Lunt, B Molloy (0-1), D McBrien, J Doory, O Hester, J O’Hara (0-2, 2f), L Connor, O Philips (0-1, 1f), K Philips, K Callaghan (1-2, 2f).
Subs: L Hester for Dillon, M Coyle for O’Hara, M Finan for O Hester, A Dillon for K Philips, C Groarke for Connor, D McHugh for O’Hanlon
Referee: J Bermingham, Cork