Our Year 11 Treanor Cup Squad brought another Ulster title back to Holy Trinity on Tuesday, with a brilliant performance and victory over St Paul’s Bessbrook. Going into the game missing a number of key players due to injury and illness, the Holy Trinity boys showed great resilience and determination to bring the Treanor Cup back to the school for the very first time, against all the odds.
The Armagh lads struck for a 19th minute goal from full forward Andrew Cunningham to put them two points in front. They didn’t score for the rest of the half however as Shea Lawn banged in a goal to go along with five points to leave Holy Trinity 1-6 to 1-2 in front at the short whistle, Odhran Nugent having opened the account.
A Lawn free increased that advantage on the resumption before Bessbrook hit back. Cunningham, Piaras Woods and Patrick McVerry all had points with Cookstown’s sole response coming from wing half back Jack Martin. With less than ten minutes to go Bessbrook midfielder Fergal O’Brien levelled matters and things looked good for them at that stage. Holy Trinity though dug deep with an inspirational point from midfielder and team Captain Blaine Ryan before substitute Matthew Donaghy hit the insurance score deep into injury time as it finished 1-10 to 1-8.
Holy Trinity : O Devlin, J Hamilton, C Lavery, S McNamee, C Loughran, C Devlin, J Martin (0-1), B Ryan (0-1), O O’Driscoll, C McElduff, S Lawn (1-6, 3F), P Lynch, O Nugent (0-1), S McAleer, R Devlin. Subs: M Ward for R Devlin, M Donaghy (0-1) for Nugent, M Conlon for McAleer
A massive well done to Holy Trinity pupil Tiarnan Quinn on winning an Ulster Colleges All Star Award. Tiarnan becomes the fifth pupil from our school to win the coveted award since we joined Ulster Schools Football. The Coalisland Na Fianna man won the No 15 position having attended trials in the last few weeks. He will travel to Belfast tomorrow to collect the award.
Holy Trinity marched on to the Semi Final of the Oisin McGrath Shield with a hard fought win against an impressive Red High Downpatrick on Wednesday. The match was played in a gale force wind in Lurgan and it was HTC who would play with the strong wind in the first half. Holy Trinity made this advantage count with two early goals from Canice Cullen. Also on song for HTC was Aaron Quinn up front who won every ball that came his direction. Red High battled the strong wind and did register a goal after 10 minutes. This made it 2-0 to 1-1. Chormaic Gallagher made a great save for HTC which would have put Red High in the lead had they scored. For the rest of the first half Holy Trinity dominated with more goals from Canice Cullen, Aaron Quinn and Callum McCreesh. The half time score was 8-2 to 1-4 to HTC. Although this score looked very one sided, Red High were to play with the strong wind the second half. Ten minutes into the second half Red High had registered 1-7 from play to leave the game in the balance. Despite the Red High pressure Holy Trinity did got another two crucial goals, in the second half, which made all the difference. HTC stayed defensively strong with some great work from Conor Devlin and James Robinson. The Final score finished 10-5 to 4-12. Next up is the semi final v Our Ladys, Knock to be played next week.
Holy Trinity College got their first ever MacRory Cup campaign off to a successful start, with an historic win over St Patrick’s Cavan at a windswept Armagh on Tuesday afternoon. The men in Green in Black got off to a flyer, keeping their Cavan opponents scoreless for the opening twenty eight minutes as they made the best of a strong wind. Scores from Mark Devlin (0-03), Pauric Lagan (0-02) Eunan Devlin (0-1) and Nathan Connolly (0-01) put them in the driving seat at half time, but it was a goal from Tiernan Quinn in the second half that secured a final victory on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-7. Well done to all players and management on a great start to the campaign. Next up is St Macartans Monaghan next week.
What a Night at Glenavon Hotel on Monday 11th June. Holy Trinity Celebrated in style with five Ulster School’s titles on display alongside special guests such as GAA President John Horan and our Tyrone rose of Tralee Ellen Campbell. It was a great night of entertainment with music provided by the Holy Trinity music department and our pupils. Thank to everyone involved in what was a special evening for our School and local community.
Holy Trinity Year 8 squad secured their second Ulster title of the year when they won the Ulster Colleges McQuillan Cup title at Woodlands Belfast on Friday. With the Oisin McGrath title won earlier in the year the boys entered the tournament as favourites and hard fought wins over St Mary’s Belfast, St Louis Ballymena and St Paul’s Bessbrooke brought them into a rematch decider against St Mary’s CBS.
A first half goal from Eoin Canavan and points from Ruairi McGurk, Odhran Hagan and and team captain Michael McElhatton secured a 1-8 to 0-5 victory. It proved to be a squad effort throughout the day, as the team played four thirty minute games, back to back in warm conditions, with every squad player contributing to the games throughout. It was left to Michael McElhatton to lift his second cup of the year and finish off a great season for the boys.
The Story of 2018 – Morning Assembly Video. All Ireland Champions.
Holy Trinity won a first ever Paddy Drummond Cup title when they eased to victory over St Nathy’s College at Croke Park yesterday afternoon.
Holy Trinity Cookstown dominated throughout with the ten point winning margin in no way flattering them. They led by seven points at the break and they would have been out of sight but for the fact that St Nathy’s keeper Alan Davey pulled off three top class saves.
Eunan Devlin opened the scoring and by the 11th minute Holy Trinity had six points on the board with Mark Devlin and Tiernan Quinn among their scorers. Davey then denied both Mark Devlin and Eunan Devlin and it took until the 28th minute for St Nathy’s to open their account from a James O’Hara free.
By that stage five of Holy Trinity’s forwards had registered with Tiernan Mackle and team Captain Shane Murphy also on target and while O’Hara knocked over another free it was Holy Trinity who led 0-9 to 0-2 at the break.
There was no let up from the winners on the re-start with Tiernan Quinn, Murphy and Mark Devlin all tagging on points. Kuba Callaghan and Oisin Philips had points for St Nathy’s but it was purely academic at that stage.
The Tyrone school played some superb football to rack up a big tally and while Callaghan got a late goal for the Connaught champions it was only a consolation score at that stage.
Holy Trinity Cookstown: C Loane, P Quinn, T Quinn (0-1, 1f), T McNamee, O Mulgrew, C Donnelly, M McKearney, E Gallagher (0-1), P Lagan, K Robinson, E Devlin (0-1), S Murphy (0-3,), T Quinn (0-7, 5f), Tiernan Mackle (0-1), M Devlin (0-5, 3f).
Subs: C Quinn for E Devlin, A Moore for Mackle, S McKenna for P Quinn, D Canavan for Robinson, Thomas Mackle for Donnelly
St Nathy’s College: A Davey, M Dillon, D Casey, B O’Hanlon, S O’Hara, J Lunt, B Molloy (0-1), D McBrien, J Doory, O Hester, J O’Hara (0-2, 2f), L Connor, O Philips (0-1, 1f), K Philips, K Callaghan (1-2, 2f).
Subs: L Hester for Dillon, M Coyle for O’Hara, M Finan for O Hester, A Dillon for K Philips, C Groarke for Connor, D McHugh for O’Hanlon
Referee: J Bermingham, Cork.
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Captain Shane Murphy interview after the All Ireland Final.
Holy Trinity Cookstown 2-8 St.Eunan’s Letterkenny 0-13
Holy Trinity made history on Friday night when an extra time win brought the MacLarnon Cup back to the college for the first time ever. There were lots of standout players in Friday night’s Mac Larnon Cup Final replay but this was a victory built on teamwork and a never say die spirit which won a pulsating contest.
The superb Shane O’Donnell opened the scoring in the 2nd minute following a forty metre run but Holy Trinity levelled matters through a Tiarnan Quinn free. Eoin Gallagher then edged Holy Trinity in front before they struck for an 8th minute goal.
A long delivery in from Mark McKearney saw full forward Tiernan Mackle get in behind his marker and he finished in style to the bottom left hand corner of the net. The Cookstown lads though were to just add another point in the remainder of the half as St.Eunan’s fought back.
O’Donnell got his second point but moments later Mackle should have had another goal at the other end of the field when he was unselfishly picked out by Pauric Lagan but he failed to make a good connection and keeper Eoin O’Boyle easily dealt with it.
Oisin Purdy laid the ball out for Cormac Finn to split the posts but that was cancelled out by a second score from the boot of Quinn. St.Eunan’s though finished the half on top and after midfielder Shane Doherty had left the minimum between the sides that man O’Donnell popped up with his fourth of the half to leave it all square at 1-3 to 0-6.
In the second half both sides were reduced to fourteen men when Tiarnan McNamee and Conor O’Donnell were both red carded. A Tiarnan Quinn penalty looked to have put the Cookstown lads in the driving seat as they led by three with seven minutes to go.
To their credit St.Eunan’s dug deep with man of the match O’Donnell on target again before the same player converted two frees to force extra time, 2-6 to 0-12.
Both sides visibly tired in extra time but there was still no shortage of drama. The outstanding O’Donnell got the only score of the first period of extra time, his 9th of the game, to give his side a narrow lead.
Holy Trinity full forward, one of a number of players who was reintroduced, levelled matters early in the second half of extra time. It looked like ending in a draw again but Mulgrew got the crucial score to win his school a first MacLarnon title that sends them through to the All Ireland semi final next Wednesday.
Holy Trinity Cookstown: C Loane, P Quinn, O Mulgrew (0-1), T McNamee, T Quinn, C Donnelly, E Gallagher (0-1), S Murphy, P Lagan (0-1), E Devlin, K Robinson, T Quinn (1-3, 1f), M Devlin (0-1), Tiernan Mackle (1-1), M McKearney. Subs: A Moore for Tiernan Mackle, Thomas Mackle for Robinson, C Quinn for Murphy, S Murphy for Devlin, P Quinn for McKearney, Tiernan Mackle for Lagan (black card), E Devlin for Thomas Mackle, M McKearney for P Quinn, D Canavan for E Devlin, Thomas Mackle for Gallagher, K Robinson for Patrick Quinn
St.Eunan’s Letterkenny: E O’Boyle, R Hillferty, A Gallagher, S McDaid, P McEniff, B Diver, J Kelly, S Doherty (0-1), T Toye, S O’Donnell (0-9, 2f), PJ McBrearty, S McDevitt, C O’Donnell (0-2, 1 “45”, 1f, O Purdy, C Finn (0-1). Subs: K Tobin for Toye, P Tobin for McDevitt, O Cassidy for Doherty (black card), B Alcorn for Hillferty, M McFadden for McDaid
Holy Trinity beat St Eunan’s in closely-fought MacLarnon Cup replay https://bbc.in/2pF5QJZ