St Pat's Cavan clinch first MacRory Cup triumph in 43 years

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St Patrick's, Cavan, lift beat St Patrick's Academy of Dungannon in the 2015 MacRory Cup final.

St Patrick's Cavan clinched their first MacRory Cup title since 1972 as they beat St Patrick's Academy Dungannon 2-12 to 0-8 at Armagh.

Cavan led 0-5 to 0-2 but then needed a superb Fergal O'Rourke save to keep them 0-6 to 0-4 ahead at half-time.

Dungannon levelled after half-time as O'Rourke made another great save to turn a Daniel Kerr shot over the bar.

However, Cavan hit five straight points to lead 0-11 to 0-6 and two late Thomas Edward Donohue goals sealed their win.

Donohue produced a tremendous display at the Athletic Grounds as the notched 2-3 but the man of the match award went to powerful Cavan midfielder Thomas Galligan whose all-action performance was key to his school's first MacRory title in 43 years.

Dungannon led twice early on but despite losing influential full-forward Ben Conaty because of an ankle injury, Cavan moved into a 0-5 to 0-2 lead with the superb Galligan among their scorers.

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MacLarnon Cup final highlights

Cavan keeper O'Rourke made the first of his two magnificent saves as his strong hand somehow kept out Fintan McClure's point-blank chance although points from Daniel Kerr and Cormac O'Hagan did help cut the deficit to 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time.

The match appeared to be turning in Dungannon's favour after the restart as they quickly drew level and in fact should have been ahead as O'Rourke somehow diverted Kerr's goal-bound shot over the crossbar.

However, midfielder Brendan Argue restored Cavan's lead with a fine effort from play and after Pierce Smith had struck another Cavan point, Dungannon suffered a blow when full-forward Fintan McClure was black carded for a body check.

Two O'Donohue frees and Darragh Kennedy's second superb point left Cavan in control at 0-11 to 0-6 up after 48 minutes.

Cormac O'Hagan's point cut the Cavan lead but Donohue's first goal after a sweeping move ended the game as a contest.

Donohue's goal heroics weren't over as he produced a delightful close-range finish after being superbly picked out by Galligan.

In the all-Monaghan MacLarnon Cup final, Our Lady's Castleblayney defeated Patrician Carrickmacross 4-8 to 0-8.

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