HTC make a splash in MacRory debut

November 06, 2018

Danske Bank MacRory Cup
Holy Trinity Cookstown 1-10 St Patrick’s Cavan 0-7
IT WAS a wise choice from Holy Trinity Cookstown to play with the aid of a very strong breeze in Armagh yesterday, because their seven points’ interval lead was a key factor in the east Tyrone school opening their first ever Danske Bank MacRory Cup campaign with a victory over St Patrick’s Cavan.
They were six points up after just 13 minutes, with two each from Tiarnan Quinn and Mark Devlin and had added another before Darryl McGurn eventually opened St Patrick’s Cavan’s account from a free in the 25th minute.
Nathan Connolly added another Cookstown point before the break and they led by 0-8 to 0-1 at the turnover.
The mountain got a lot steeper for Cavan after just two minutes of the second half with Shane Murphy fielding a kick-out and off-loading to Mark Devlin who placed Tiarnan Quinn for the only goal of the game.
Cavan quickly responded with points each for Oisin Brady, Jack Treanor and Eoin Clarke, and they hit several wides as well. However Holy Trinity gradually became more composed with Tarlach Quinn, the Mulgrew brothers, Eoin Gallagher, Thomas Mackle and goal-scorer Tiarnan Quinn all impressing.
Cavan had good performances from Paul McCabe and Cian Boylan in defence and Darryl McGurn and Jack Treanor in attack, but the seven points’ interval lead followed by the early second half goal gave them an impossible target and they will now look to games with St Macartan’s and Maghera to re-ignite their campaign.
Holy Trinity : Tiarnan Quinn (1-2, 0-2 frees), Mark Devlin (0-3), Nathan Connolly (0-2), Shane Murphy (0-1), Pauric Lagan (0-1), Eunan Devlin (0-1).
St Patrick’s : Darryl McGurn (0-2, 0-1 free), Oisin Brady (0-2), Jack Treanor (0-1), Eoin Clarke (0-1), Emmett Boylan (0-1 free).