St Patrick’s Dungannon caused a upset in the MacRory Cup on Wednesday night as they comfortably saw off holders St Patrick’s Maghera.
Goals in either half from Brian Kennedy and Ryan Coleman ultimately proved crucial as the Killymeal Road school advanced to a semi-final meeting with St Paul’s Bessbrook.
Maghera began the quickest, aided by a strong breeze, and established a two point lead thanks to a Conor Glass free and a Dara McPeake effort from play.
The Academy responded and hit four unanswered points with Fintan McClure in particular causing Maghera problems at full forward.
A goal just before half time would prove crucial, midfielder Brian Kennedy’s effort sneaking under Michael Lynch in the Maghera goal, helping Dungannon into a four point half time lead.
In the second half Maghera mounted a comeback and reeled off three points in a row before Coleman pounced to put two goals between the sides.
After that Cormac O’Hagan, who was clinical from dead balls, did enough to hold the Derry men, Dungannon emerging 2-10 to 0-9 winners.
Photographs by Simon Robinson.