St Michaels 2-18

St Pat’s 0-08

ST MICHAEL’s Enniskillen have all but secured their place in the quarter final of the MacRory Cup with a powerful performance against St Pat’s Dungannon at Killeshill yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon.

The win leaves them with five points in their group and a score difference of plus thirty. St Colman’s, who St Michael’s drew with in their first game, play on Friday and need to win by 29 points to pip St Michael’s to that quarter final spot.

“Our objective was to book a place in the quarter final and we have one foot in it now. You never know what will happen when Colman’s meet the Abbey but we did what we had to do today and that was important,” stated Dominic Corrigan, St Michael’s manager, after the emphatic win.

A clinical forward line was the difference in this encounter as Darragh McBrien, Micheal Glynn, Caolan Duffy and Conor Love were all in sparkling form.

At half time St Michael’s led 1-09 to 0-02 having played with a strong breeze. McBrien and Glynn chipped in with three points each in that first half with the crucial score coming from Conor Love who finished well to the net after a crisp move involving Glynn and Ryan McGovern.

The opening ten minutes of the second half belonged to Dungannon however as they took a grip around the middle. But on a quick counter attacking move that went the length of the field St Michael hit their second goal of the day with Joe McDade dispatching home.

“I was disappointed with the sloppiness of the opening stages of the second half and the goal was somewhat against the run of play but we finished strongly then which was pleasing.”

Best for St Michael’s on the day was full back Garrett Cavanagh, centre half Josh Largo Ellis with Brandon Horan a real powerhouse in the middle of the field. Up front the aforementioned quartet were too hot to handle for Dungannon.

St Michael’s came into this game full of confidence after a comfortable victory over Abbey CBS at the weekend.

Enniskillen were dominant in most aspects of the play and hit three points in the first five minutes before Eoin Carr got his side off the mark with a free. By the 11th minute Enniskillen held a 0-4 to 0-2 lead and the game was about to change dramatically with excellent team movements ending in cracking goals from Tom Keenan and Michael Glynn.

Jack Elmore pulled it back briefly to 2-4 to 0-4, but St Michael’s finished the half with five points in succession including two each from Darragh McBrien and Josh Largo-Ellis.

Any faint hope Abbey had of reeling in the Fermanagh side ended within a minute of the re-start when Joe McDade rushed through for a third goal and the lead stretched to 3-12 to 0-4 before Eoin Carr hit two points in a row for Abbey.

Caolan Duffy banged home a fourth goal for St Michael’s in the 49th minute and a couple of substitutes added the icing on the cake as they took their place at the top of the group.