Sunday 3rd February, 2013Mac Rory Quarter Final
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Sem To Face Tough Dungannon Test In Mac Rory Quarter Final



St. Macartan’s College are hosting a special centenary Gala Ball to celebrate 100 years of GAA in the famous North Monaghan school on Saturday February the 16th , but prior to that the current senior boys team will attempt to carve their own stamp in that illustrious history as they take on St. Patrick’s Academy Dungannon with a semi final place awaiting the victors.

‘The Sem’ assume  the underdogs tag entering this tie against a strong Dungannon side that has their eye set on capturing another major title for Tyrone. Dungannon qualified automatically for this stage of the competition by virtue of comprehensive wins against St. Pats Armagh, St. Mary’s Magherafelt while they have also tasted defeat in games against Abbey C.B.S. and St. Patrick’s Maghera. St. Macartan’s needed the safety net of the play-off after they registered one win in the group stages against St. Michaels Enniskillen. ‘The Sem’ prevailed in dramatic circumstances at this stage after completing an amazing second half comeback to end St. Pat’s Armagh’s interest in the competition. Since then the news from the St. Macartan’s camp is that preparation has gone well and manager Mr. Paschal Smyth and his team are looking forward to the challenge that Dungannon will provide. Mr. Smyth says ‘’Training has gone very well and we have a lot of work done since the play-off game and we are happy with our panel as we move into the knock-out stages’’.

St. Macartans’s will need to be extra vigilant in defence as the scoring record of their opponents suggests that they have the arsenal capable of recording big scores, as is evident from their group stage games. To the fore for the Dungannon side in this area are Phillip Donnelly, Deasún Quinn and current Mac Rory Cup ALL- Star centre half forward, Ruairí Mc Glone. St. Macartans meanwhile will look to curtail the influence of the potent Dungannon attack and mid-field will be an area that will hold the key to this game. Unfortunately St. Macartan’s have been dealt a blow in this area with Ryan Caulfield losing out to injury. The Sem attack will need to capitalise on whatever chances can come their way and will look to their own All Star winner, Monaghan Harps’ , Fergal Mc Mahon to give them leadership in this regard. In defence, Conor Forde is in his third Mac Rory Cup campaign while Ryan Mc Guinness and captain, Lorcan Smyth, also remain from last years campaign.

The form book and recent history suggests that the Monaghan men face a tough challenge to reach the semi-final but Paschal Smyth is excited by this challenge and believes his players are also looking forward to challenging themselves at the highest level of Ulster Colleges football. The game is fixed for Armagh’s Athletic grounds on Wednesday February 13th with a 7.30 throw in.


St. Macartan’s College MacRory Cup Panel 2012-13

Gareth Brennan, Conor Carragher , Aodh Curran, Darren McDonnell, Michael O'Dowd (Clontibret), Tom Hayes (Cootehill Celtic), Dáithí Colton,  David McAlister, Dylan McKenna, Ryan Nestor, Rory Sherry (Emyvale),  Thomas Lynch (Latton), Conor Forde [Vice-Captain],  Kevin Loughran, Fearghal McMahon, Niall Treanor (Monaghan Harps), Andrew McPhillips, Lorcan Smyth [Captain], (Rockcorry), James McAleer, Ryan McGuinness (Sean Mc Dermotts), Christopher McAnenly,  Caoilainn McGee, Niall Rooney, Shane Treanor (Truagh), Conor Curley (Tyholland), John Caulfield, Ryan Caulfield, Mark Fox, Calum Maguire, Conor McCarthy, Michael McCarville, Caolan McElwain, Ruairí Sheehan (Scotstown).

Manager: Pascal Smyth (Rockcorry), Coaches: David McCague (Scotstown), Mark Counihan (Truagh), Physio: Mark O Connor (Castleblayney).