St Patrick’s secure quarter-final spot

St Patrick’s 1-19 Tullysaran 2-8

St Patrick’s secured their place in the last eight of the Intermediate Championship with a eight point win over Tullysaran.

Two second half goals kept Tullysaran in the game, but St Patrick’s were full value their victory.

Pearse Casey and Barry McConville pointed inside the opening few minutes to give the hosts an early lead.

Mark McKeever opened his account on the 9th minute, but his score was soon cancelled out by Aidan Nugent.

McKeever (free) traded scores with Casey while Nugent nailed another two points from dead ball efforts.

Nugent then raised a green flag as his effort for a point dropped short, catching everyone out, and ended up in the back of the net.

Gavin Conlon tagged on a third point for the visiting side, which was matched by Jamie Quinn (free).

Nugent added to his growing tally and that left St Patrick’s ahead by seven-points at the break, 1-8 to 0-4.

Second half

McKeever and Nugent swapped scores at the start of the second half before Nugent hit the net again. The goal was overturned however, as Nugent overcarried the ball.

Cullyhanna did add two points as Ross McQuillan split the posts twice in as many minutes.

Casey chipped with his third point of the game, but Tullysaran shot back into contention with a goal of their own.

Conlon darted through the open Cullyhanna defence and hit a great strike into the bottom corner of the net.

McKeever exchanged efforts with Gavan Duffy, who pointed his first, before they were handed another lifeline.

Like Nugent’s goal in the first half, Conlon dropped one into the net from long range to make it a four-point game.

But Cullyhanna outscored their opponents 6-2 in the final quarter to confirm their place in the quarter-finals.

Belleek’s seven-point victory over Middletown sees them finish second Group A, with Tullysaran coming third. Middletown crash out of the championship.

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