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Posted on 19th November 2017 | NewsGeneral

The group stage of this year’s Casement Cup was a very mixed one for St. Mary’s.

Going in to the final group game, the boys travelled to an impressive set-up in Dungannon to take on St. Patrick’s, Armagh.

To say confidence and expectations were low would be an understatement but the St. Mary’s team secured a seven point win which took them to the Quarter Final against St Patrick’s, Downpatrick.
A goal from Ruairi Keenan, the free-taking of James Crawford and strong performances in defence from players such as Tiarnan McAteer and Daire Kelly helped St. Mary’s over the line to set up a semi – final showdown with Rathmore Grammar School. In a repeat of the opening game in Group A, St. Mary’s again locked horns with Rathmore and the game was equally tight and tense. Nevertheless, St. Mary’s battled their way to the final against St Patrick’s, Keady - something which looked extremely unlikely at the start of this competition.
In what was an excellent and pulsating Casement Cup Final, St. Mary’s came up three points short after conceding a goal in injury time. Our boys can be extremely proud of how well they developed throughout the season and their performance in the final.