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Abbey CBS have that little bit extra

Tuesday, May 02, 2006


Abbey CBS……..2-15
St. Pat’s, Navan…2-13

Sean Murdoch kicked two crucial points in extra-time to give Abbey CBS of Newry victory over favourites St. Patrick’s of Navan in a thrilling All-Ireland Colleges SFC ’A’ final at Dr Cullen Park.

Abbey’s hopes of landing a first Hogan Cup looked to have evaporated when they trailed by three points, 1-9 to 1-12, with normal time almost up. But their perseverance was rewarded when brilliant centre back Kevin Dyas scored a cracking goal to take the game to extra-time.

St. Pat’s, who were chasing their fourth All-Ireland success in six years, again looked set for victory when Sean Keating blasted to the net five minutes into extra-time. However, the superior fitness of the Abbey boys then began to tell and after they hauled themselves back onto level terms, Murdoch scored two points from play to seal a famous victory.

With Shane O’Rourke – son of St. Pat’s team manager Colm – in outstanding form, St. Pat’s dominated the first half exchanges and would have been out of sight at the interval but for a 26th minute goal from Dyas which left the half-time scoreline reading 0-9 to 1-2.

The Dromintee clubman finished top scorer for the Newry boys, scoring 2-1 from play, after lining out at centre forward.

ABBEY CBS - C Murdock; M Dignay, K McKernan, R Grant; D Rowland, K Dyas 2-1, C Coffey; C Murney, C Magee; R Gilmour 0-1, S Grant 0-1, D Clarke; N Devlin 0-2, S Murdock 0-4, G McGarvey 0-2. Subs: R Cunningham 0-3 for Clarke, D Clarke for Rowland, C McGovern 0-1 for McGarvey, D Rowlands for Grant.

ST PAT’S - P O’Rourke; S Donagy, D Maguire, K Lynch; D Donegan, S Carr, M McGeever; S O’Rourke 0-3, C Clarke; R Geraghty, M McCabe 1-0, G Gorman 0-1; D Mallon, S Keating 1-4, B Sheridan 0-3. Subs: R McCabe for Lynch, K Reilly for Malon, S Mourne for Geraghty, F O’Reilly 0-2 for McCabe, J Flynn for Clarke


Hogan Cup Final: Abbey 2-15 St Pats 2-13
Well done Abbey CBS

Abbey CBS claimed a dramatic 2-15 to 2-13 extra-time victory over St Pat's Navan in a magnificent Hogan Cup final.

Kevin Dyas scored a first half goal but four Shane O'Rourke points helped St Pat's lead 0-9 to 1-2 at the break.

Dyas then scored a sensational injury-time goal to level the score at 2-9 to 1-12 and force extra-time.

Sean Keating's goal put Navan three ahead in extra-time but Abbey fought back and two late Sean Murdock points sealed victory at Dr Cullen Park.




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