Early goals prove ticket for St Michael’s in MacRory win

November 10, 2017

Danske Bank MacRory Cup

St Michael’s Enniskillen 3-7 Abbey CBS 0-9

Two goals in the opening half set St Michael’s Enniskillen for their first win of the current Danske Bank MacRory Cup campaign in Pearse Óg GAC Armagh yesterday.

Colm McNally finished a well-worked five man move in the 11th minute by taking a pass from Jack Logue and rifling home from close range.

Nine minutes later Oisin Smyth tore through the heart of the Abbey defence and found the corner of the net. Smyth and Conor Love added two points each and St Michael’s led by 2-4 to 0-2 at the break.

Abbey were a changed team in the second half and started as if they meant to reel the lead in with points from Malachi McAvoy and the first of five Ruairí McCormick frees.

However the pivotal moment came in the 42nd minute when Lorcan Forde scuffed a penalty wide. A few minutes later, under-pressure Enniskillen broke up field and Paul McKervey finished a good move involving up to half a dozen players with a third goal.

That left the game safe for Enniskillen and they soaked up the Abbey pressure over the final ten minutes to go top of the group.

St Michael’s : Oisin Smyth 1-2, Colm McNally 1-0, Conor Love 0-2, Ryan Breen 0-1, John Reihill 0-1, Ronan Beattie 0-1

Abbey : Ruairi McCormick 0-5, Lorcan Forde 0-1, Cathal Gorman 0-1, Malachi McAvoy 0-1, Liam Rafferty 0-1