Tuesday, May 02, 2006
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
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
2-15 St Pats 2-13
Well done Abbey
Abbey CBS claimed
a dramatic 2-15 to
victory over St
Pat's Navan in a
Kevin Dyas scored
a first half goal
but four Shane
helped St Pat's
lead 0-9 to 1-2 at
Dyas then scored a
to level the score
at 2-9 to 1-12 and
goal put Navan
three ahead in
Abbey fought back
and two late Sean
sealed victory at
Dr Cullen Park.