MacRory smash and grab for Macartan’s

November 13, 2018

Danske Bank MacRory Cup

St Macartan’s Monaghan 2-8 Holy Trinity Cookstown 0-8

HOLY Trinity Cookstown will still be wondering today how they let slip their second brace of group points in the Danske Bank MacRory Cup in Dunmoyle yesterday afternoon.

They led St Macartan’s 0-8 to 0-6 with just a couple of minutes left in a really tight game, when everything went wrong for the Tyrone side.
Points from a Conor McCooey free and then sub Conor McCrystal pulled St Macartan’s level with 60 minutes up on the clock.
However a minute later in added time, they won themselves a penalty which Lochlainn Power despatched to the Cookstown net, and before they could recover from that hammer blow, super sub Conor McCrystal added a second goal to complete a smash and grab for the Sem.
Holy Trinity opened strongly and after 19 minutes were 0-5 to 0-1 ahead and playing confident quick football. Mark Devlin and Tiarnan Quinn were the finishers, but halfback and midfield were the architects of those scores.

However Conor McCooey and Mattie Maguire from free kicks had Monaghan back to a single point deficit at the break, 0-5 to 0-4.
Ten minutes into the second half, points from Mark Devlin and Nathan Connolly stretched Cookstown’s advantage to 0-7 to 0-5.
However Cookstown managed only one more point as St Macartan’s defensive blanket closed them out, setting up the dramatic finish that gets Monaghan off to a great start with games against Cavan and Maghera to come over the next fortnight.

Meanwhile today’s (WEDNESDAY) game between St Paul’s Bessbrook and Patrician Carrickmacross has been switch to Inniskeen.

St Macartan’s : Conor McCrystal 1-1, Lochlainn Power 1-0 pen., Conor McCooey 0-4, 0-3 frees, Mattie Maguire 0-3, 0-2 frees
Holy Trinity: Mark Devlin 0-4, 0-3 frees, Tiarnan Quinn 0-2, Eunan Devlin 0-1, Nathan Connolly 0-1