All Armagh schools tie finishes level

St Ronan’s 1-10 St Paul’s 1-10

The all Armagh tie of St Ronan’s Lurgan and St Paul’s Bessbrook finished all square in Pearse Og Park today.

It was St Ronan’s who got off the mark first, registering the first three points. Tom Lavery, James Austin and Ronan McAlinden all raised white flags.

Shea Loughran and Eoin Kane split the posts at the other end before Lavery chipped in with his second score.

David Crilly narrowed the gap before Loughran fired over a free kick to tie things up just before the break.

But St Ronan’s claimed the final score of the opening half, through Austin, to led by the minimum. 0-5 to 0-4 at the halfway stage.

St Paul’s were wasteful in the opening 35 minutes but improved their shot selection in the second half.

Fergal Boylan levelled straight after the turnaround before Lavery and Boylan (free) traded scores.

St Paul’s began to take control as they earned the lead for the first time before rattling the back of the net.

Loughran set up roaming wing back Adam Reavey, who made no mistake when facing the keeper one-on-one.

The all Armagh tie of St Ronan’s Lurgan and St Paul’s Bessbrook finished all square in Pearse Og Park today.
Photo Credit: Sarah Geoghegan

Boylan, fresh off the back of helping Killeavy win an u21 championship last weekend, added another free.

Maitiu McGibbon and Lavery reduced the margin before Tom Beattie pulled on a point-blank save to deny Austin a goal.

McGibbon did scrape over a point and Austin didn’t have to wait to long to raise a green flag. His three-pointer brought the sides level once again.

St Ronan’s looked to have stolen it with a late point, but St Paul’s captain Aodhan Lynch levelled with the final score.

That sees St Paul’s crash out of the competition, while St Ronan’s, MacRory Cup winners in 2018, advance to the next stage.

The all Armagh tie of St Ronan’s Lurgan and St Paul’s Bessbrook finished all square in Pearse Og Park today.
Photo Credit: Sarah Geoghegan

Other results

Elsewhere, a late goal by Forkhill youngster Conall McGeough earned Abbey CBS a share of the spoils against St Macartan’s.

McGeough also rattled the net in the first half to give his side a slender lead at the break. But it was his three-pointer late on that earned the Newry College a draw.

Abbey CBS advance to the next round of the competition, while St Patrick’s Armagh finished bottom of the group.

St Colman’s also qualified for the knockout stages when they overcame St Patrick’s, Dungannon on Wednesday.

The all Armagh tie of St Ronan’s Lurgan and St Paul’s Bessbrook finished all square in Pearse Og Park today.
Photo Credit: Finbar Burns