“It’s a tough assignment but one that we are thoroughly looking forward to,” was St Michael’s coach Dom Corrigan’s view on their semi-final tie against competition favourites St Pat’s Maghera.

Corrigan’s side secured their place in the last four of the MacRory Cup with a hard fought one point win over Abbey CBS in Clones last Saturday but he knows that they will have to raise their game a couple of levels for the meeting with Maghera in just over a week’s time.

“Maghera would be fancied to win the MacRory Cup and the Hogan Cup and this group of players have won everything at their age group so it is going to be a massive test for us but at least we know exactly what we are facing.

“We are now looking forward to stepping up a few notches, which we know we have have to, and we will be looking to deliver a huge performance,” he said.

On Saturday, St Michael’s made hard work of their win over Abbey, the Enniskillen side struggling at times to deal with the Newry team’ s packed defence.

However, by the midway stage of the second half St Michael’s appeared to have got to grips with their opponents as they moved four points clear.

That lead though was wiped out by a battling Abbey side and St Michael’s were forced to really dig deep to clinch the win.

“We wouldn’t be happy with a lot of our play and we made a lot of mistakes but I would be delighted with the character the boys showed. Abbey threw everything at it and when they hit four points in a row to level the whole momentum seemed to be with them.

“The boys dug in though and Josh Horan showed great leadership to put us back ahead with a brilliant point with his left foot.

“Look, we know there is plenty to work on but we’ll work hard to prepare and that game will stand to us,”he said.