Holy Trinity, Cookstown 3-09-2-02 St. Mary’s CBGS
Holy Trinity secured their second Oisin McGrath title in three years with an emphatic performance against a determined St Marys Belfast at Ardboe today.
Holy Trinity were in the ascendancy from the outset and with four minutes on the clock, captain and corner-forward Michael McElhatton burst onto a loose ball on the deck and had the composure to fire past Conor Corr in the St. Mary’s goals and give the Cookstown men a dream start to the decider.
Successive points followed courtesy of Liam Lawn and Eoghan Canavan struck a magnificent point under pressure to give Holy Trinity a 1-03-0-00 lead after 11 minutes.Fionn Jemfrey almost responded for St. Mary’s midway through the first-half, but his high ball into the area from a free caused panic in the Holy Trinity defence and eventually came to nothing.
Instead it was the Cookstown school who added a further two-points to their tally, Michael McElhatton picked out Eoghan Canavan for the half-forwards second point of the afternoon, before McElhatton himself converted a free to make it 1-05-0-00.
With four minutes of the first-half remaining St.Mary’s conjured up a vital score to give them some hope at the break, Declan Carr picked up possession midway inside the Holy Trinity half and his through ball found Dara Cunningham whose strike on the turn found the corner of the net and gave Odhran McMurray no chance as Holt Trinity’s lead was cut to five at the interval, 1-05-1-00.
St. Mary’s sought a few early scores at the beginning of the second period and despite having the better of the early exchanges it was Holy Trinity who increased their lead through a Michael McElhatton free. Deja vu struck four minutes into the second-half as Micheael McElhatton found the net, the corner-forward chased a loose ball out wide and his angled shot sailed over Corr and into the net to make it 2-06-1-00 and score his second goal of the afternoon in the process.McElhatton converted his third free of the afternoon in the aftermath before St. Mary’s CBGS substitute Oisin Casey struck a reply for the Glen Road Side.Ten minutes into the second-half the game was ended as contest, Holy Trinity wing-half back Dara McNally let fly with a high shot midway inside the St.Mary’s half and Corr stood no chance as he could only fumble the ball into the net as Cookstown led 3-07-1-01.
St. Mary’s CBGS were playing for pride and with less than ten minutes remaining Fionn Jemfrey stood over a converted free than dipped into the net past Odhran McMurray to make it 3-07-2-01.Wing-half forward Caoimhin Rainey followed Jemfrey’s goal with a point which was to be the Glen Road sides final score of the game, Holy Trinity weren’t quite finished however as Shay McCann successfully converted a free before Eoghan Canavan drove the ball over the bar for the final score of the afternoon as Holy Trinity ran out convincing 3-09-2-02 winners to lift the Oisin McGrath Shield for the second time, having lost last year’s final to St. Pats, Armagh.
Holy Trinity: O McMurray, C Doris, P Quinn, C Hawker, D McNally (1-00), R Park, T McNally, O Hagan, C Heagney, J Quinn, E Canavan (0-03), S McCann (0-01f), L Lawn (0-02), R McGurk, M McElhatton (2-03,0-03f).