Sacred Heart Omagh make history

May 05, 2017

Danske Bank Faul Cup Final

from Kevin Kelly in Ardboe

Sacred Heart Omagh 7-15 De La Salle Belfast 1-3

Sacred Heart Omagh made history in style at Coney Park in Ardboe yesterday afternoon when they produced an outstanding display to defeat De La Salle Belfast to capture the first ever Ulster title for the school.

The Tyrone lads had the wind at their backs in the first half and they made full use of it to establish a match winning lead by the break. It was De La Salle though who had a great chance to make a dream start to the final when full forward Daniel Walsh got in behind the Sacred Heart defence but he pulled his shot across the goalmouth with only keeper Conor Kelly to beat.

Pearse Goan and team Captain Ciaran McArdle hit a brace of points each before centre half forward Stephen Drumm burst through to fire to the roof of the net in the 10th minute. At the other end of the field Sacred Heart keeper Kelly made a good save to deny Pearse Connors before the floodgates opened with Matthew Hayes (2), Tadg Cunningham and Goan all getting goals in a four minute spell.

It took De La Salle twenty four minutes to open their account via Connors before Brian Healy added a brace. Sacred Heart though had the final say of the half from centre half back Cathair Conway for a 5-8 to 0-3 lead.

Three minutes into the second half Connors got De La Salle’s goal but that proved to be their last score of the contest. Within sixty seconds Hayes had responded at the other end of the field to complete his hattrick before Oisin Campbell found the net as well. Conway, Hayes, Cunningham and Fionnan all tagged on points as the Tyrone school closed the game out in style.

Sacred Heart: C Kelly, T Mullan, T Cox, A McSorley, S McKenna, C Conway (0-2), T Campbell, P Goan (1-3), F Glackin, C McArdle (0-3), S Drumm (1-1), M Hayes (3-2), F Patterson (0-1), T Cunningham (1-3), O Campbell (1-0).

Subs: B McLaughlin for McSorley, J Gallagher for O Campbell, M Bradley for Patterson, J Shi for T Campbell, S McCaul for Mullan

De La Salle: J Miskimmin, P McCashin, T Auld, C Connolly, O Coleman, M Johnston, D Hardy, P Murray, S McCashin, C Boyd, P Connors (1-1), D McMenamin, B Healy (0-2), D Walsh, S Munce.

Subs: C McGuigan for S McCashin, C Fennell for Walsh, P Maguire for Boyd, J Torney for Healy, J Quinn for Munce

Referee: C Forbes, Ardboe

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