Sacred Heart take Nagle Cup

May 25, 2017

Sacred Heart Omagh 8-11 St Patrick’s Dungannon 1-9

Sacred Heart Omagh bagged their second Ulster schools’ title of the season when they produced an impressive display to overpower Tyrone rivals St Patrick’s Dungannon in the Danske Bank Nagle final at Garvaghey yesterday afternoon.

The Dungannon lads began brightly with points from SP McKernan and Cian Ferguson but then the winners assumed control. Sean McDonagh opened their account with a 7th minute goal and they never looked back.

Midfielder Ryan Mennan fired an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net and moments later Caelan Kerr got a goal as well. Ferguson and Tiernan Mayse exchanged points while McDonagh got his second goal when he converted a penalty.

Ferguson responded with a fine individual goal for Dungannon but it was Sacred Heart who led 5-5 to 1-5 at the break after Mennan got his second major of the contest.

Sacred Heart picked up where they had left off on the re-start with Shay Gallagher, Jude Gallagher and wing half back Shane Colton all landing points before a Ferguson free opened Dungannon’s second half account.

Ferguson knocked over a couple of eye catching frees but Omagh’s ability to get goals proved to be the difference between the two sides. Jude Gallagher got goal number six and the seventh wasn’t far away as substitute Tadg Cunningham scored with his first touch.

Ferguson took his personal haul to 1-7 with another brace of frees but it was Sacred Heart’s day and McDonagh rounded it all off when he completed his hat trick in the closing stages.

Sacred Heart scorers: S McDonagh 3-2, R Mennan 2-0, T Mayse 0-5, T Cunningham 1-1, J Gallagher 1-1, C Kerr 1-0, S Gallagher 0-1, S Colton 0-1

St Patrick’s Dungannon scorers: C Ferguson 1-7, SP McKernan 0-2