4 Feb 2016

Maghera survive late scare

Going into stoppage time in tonight's MacRory Cup Play-Off at the Dub, St Patrick's Maghera were four points ahead and looked comfortable.

In a game in which they struggled to shake off a strong Abbey challenge, Conor Glass (2), Shane McGuigan and Paddy Quigg scored points to put them 0-11 to 0-7 ahead.

With Maghera dropping a sweeper, Abbey 'keeper Jamie McEvoy played short kick outs all night (finding a team mate with 16 of his 18 restarts).  

Inviting Abbey onto them almost proved to be Maghera's downfall as Aaron Fearon's late goal came at the end of a move that started in the Newry full back line. 

It was like Kevin Foley's goal in 1991 to kill Dublin, Abbey kept the ball moving and Maghera didn't lay a glove to try and stop them building through the middle.

Maghera manager Paul Hughes pointed out in his post game interview that if they played with the same lack of urgency then Omagh would turn them over in the next round.  An interested spectator in The Dub Arena was Omagh boss Ciaran Donnelly.

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