Holy Trinity Cookstown’s bid for a first MacLarnon Cup triumph came undone by 0-13 to 2-15 at the hands of Patrician High Carrickmacross who went a step further than last season by lifting the silverware at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh on St.Patrick’s Day.
Man of the match David Garland, who scored 1-8, led the Monaghan team by example and the valiant Cookstown side could do nothing to thwart his threat.
With a goal from Andrew Woods, the Monaghan team led 1-7 to 0-6 at the break but could have been further in front, since Holy Trinity got the last three scores of the half, two from James Devlin and one by Conan McLernon to get themselves back into contention.
Tomas Carney bagged points on the restart and the fightback seemed on, but a second goal from Garland after Ryan O’Connor was foiled twice.
Holy Trinity responded with points from Mulgrew, McLernon and Devlin but, with Garland constantly scoring, Patrician High were always comfortable.
Patrician High Carrickmacross: J Kirk; C Roe, K McMenamin, C Martin; S Finnegan (0-2), K Slavin, F Hanratty; D Connolly, L Og Murray; R McDonald, A Kieran, R O’Connor (0-2); G Garland (1-8, 1f), G McEnaney (0-2), A Woods (1-0). Subs: S Duffy (0-1) for Roe, S Burns for McEnaney, S McEnaney for O’Connor
Holy Trinity Cookstown: B Gallagher; D Kielt, S McNally, M Rafferty; R McLernon, T Donnelly, M McGuigan (0-1); J Devlin (0-3), D Mulgrew (0-2); S O’Driscoll, T Carney (0-3, 1f), G O’Neill; C Mallaghan, P Donnelly, C McLernon (0-4,2f). Subs: C O’Neill for G O’Neill, A McKenna for O’Driscoll
Referee: P Faloon, Down