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High School Make History in Herald Cup Final victory
History was made in the Patrician High School when they captured the U16 Ulster Colleges Herald Cup against St Louis Kilkeel from Down for the first time in Carrickcruppin GFC in Armagh.
The game started at a high tempo with the opening score from a well-taken free by Pauric Keenan. The High School continued their dominance of the opening encounters, with two more points from Donal Meegan and Pauric Keenan. St Louis Kilkeel replied with a well-taken point from open play by Jordan Fagan and a point from a free kick to level the scores after 15 minutes. However, midway through the first half, the Patrician High School half back line began to assert their authority, with both Fergal Keenan and Colin Clerkin in dominant form. Two more points from Pauric Keenan put the Carrickmacross side in the driving seat again. But the Down side battled ferociously and were rewarded minutes before the break with an opportunistic goal, leaving the sides level at 1-02 to 0-05. Carrickmacross however picked up the tempo again. Fergal Keenan picked up a loose ball and expertly picked out Aaron Lynch on the half forward line. Lynch glanced up, and released the ball into the path of the onrushing Pauric Keenan who powerfully fisted into the corner of the Kilkeel net. This vital score left Patrician High School leading 1-05 to 1-02 at half time.
On the re-start points from Fagan and McAlinden closed the gap for Kilkeel before James Reilly’s fine goal on the 49 minute looked like giving the Down side the platform to kick on. Further misery was then piled on to the High School when they lost Shercock player and inspirational captain Colin Clerkin to injury. But the High School rallied and maintained their composure with substitute Peter Linden coming in and making the full back position his own. With Aaron McMahon, Darren Byrne and Killian Rudden now attacking from defence at every opportunity the game began to swing in favour of the High School. Excellent work was being done in attack by Paudie Kirk and Donal Meegan. The Kilkeel defence stood firm but eventually conceded a 45 and free, both converted by Pauric Keenan who eventually scored an epic 1-8 for the Carrickmacross side. The High School closed out the game in the final few minutes with a goal coming from Jonathan Coleman after some good work dispossessing the Kilkeel corner back by Kevin O Hanlon. Man of the match Pauric Keenan converted his final score of the game to leave the finishing score line of Patrician High School 2-09 St Louis Kilkeel 2-04. There were great scenes at the end of the final whistle as the supporters engulfed the pitch to celebrate this famous victory for the High School.
After the match Colin Clerkin was presented with the Herald cup and said that this was ‘a massive achievement for the school and hopefully there would be more to come’.
Managers: Eoghan Cunningham and Elaine Coughlan
Patrician High School: Declan McGlew, Paul McArdle, Colin Clerkin, Fergal Keenan, Aaron McMahon, Darren Byrne, Aaron Birdy, Killian Rudden, Niall Clerkin, Paudie Kirk, Adam Waller, Donal Meegan, Pauric Keenan, Kevin O Hanlon, Jonathan Coleman.
Subs: P Linden, D Jones, N Loughman, M Murnaghan, C Meegan, A Lynch, F Lonergan, P Matthews, C Rice, N Hand, C. Finnegan, F Daly, P McMahon.
All results and fixtures can be viewed on Ulster Colleges Webpage
High School wins another Ulster Title!!
With the U16 crown in the bag the spotlight now turned to the under 14's managed by Paddy Martin and Lorcan Keenan. The group stages contained no easy opposition with the likes of St. Columba’s College, Derry, Our Lady's Secondary, Castleblaney, Our Lady and St. Patrick's College, Knock and De La Salle College, Belfast. The High School emerged group winners and now faced Kilkeel in the quarter final. With fine performances from Daire Rowe, Stephen Finnegan, and David Garland the High school grounded out a victory of 6.5. to 5.5. They now faced Rathmore in the semi-final. A comfortable victory in the end on a score line of 4-10 to 1-9 made sure the High School reached another Ulster final. Scorers on the day included Daire Rowe, David Garland, Stephen Cunningham.
So the High School now faced St. Pauls Bessbrook who went into the game as favourites. Previously when the two sides met earlier in the year the Armagh outfit came out on top by a big score line. But since then the managers had changed things around and this Carrickmacross team was now stronger with a belief to win.
The game was played in difficult conditions with a very strong wind and some light rain hampering both teams. Bessbrook started of the stronger and had a commanding five point lead going in at half time. But spectators witnessed a very different High school team take to the field in the second half. Now playing with more intensity and been lead by Daire Rowe in attack Bessbrook found themselves in severe difficult. Man of the match Aaron Jones commanded the defence with Kingscourt man Cathal McKeon helping also to clear the lines time after time and put Bessbrook under pressure. In the end the High School ran out winners by six points. Another great day in the history of sport in the High School
Squad: Ronan Curran, Stephen Finnegan, Conor Russell, Alan Kieran, Adam Duffy, Sean Marron, Pauric Marron, Daniel McDonnell, Stephen Cunningham, Ronan McDonnell, David Wilson, Shane Garland, Aaron Jones, Daire Rowe, Thomas Finnegan, David Garland, Stephen O Hanlon, Fergal Hanratty, Colm McEvoy, Jason McConnell, Ryan McDonnell, Gavin McEnaney, Sean Burke, Shane Woods, Ciaran Rowe.
Under 15 BT Treanor Cup Runners Up 2011
The High School continued their good run of form in Ulster when the U15 squad managed by Sean Rafferty and Des Halpenny reached the final of the BT Treanor Cup but unfortunately came up short on the day.
Mon 7th Mar Castleblaney 2.10 Patrician 2.11
Thu 10th Mar Downpatrick 2.4 Patrician 5.11
Wed 16th Mar Patrician 2.12 Crossmaglen 2.9
Wed 6th Apr QF Patriican 1.13 St Paul's 1.4
Fri 15th Apr SF Kilkeel 0.9 Patrician 4.14
Mon 9th May Final Patrician 1.3 Knock 0.10
Richard Curtis. David Eakin, Alan McCahey, Ciaran McClory, Cathal McKeown, Corrie Sullivan, Pauric Kirk, Paul McArdle, Shaun McClory, Michael Murnaghan, Aaron Birdy, Ryan McNally, Donal Meegan, Aaron Lynch, Conor O Halloran, Jamie Dooley, Shane Woods, Stephen Cunningham, David Wilson, Ryan Owens, Thomas Finnegan, Daire Rowe, Daniel McDonald, Shane Garland.