St. Macartan’s Rannafast Cup campaign off to winning start
St. Macartan’s College began the defense of their Rannafast Cup title in impressive fashion with a win over St. Mary’s College, Belfast on September 17th. The game was played in near perfect conditions in Sherry’s Field, Armagh. Although “The Sem” are the current holders of the Rannafast Cup, the current squad boasts only three players from the team that played in last year’s final. However, this group of players claimed silverware of their own last year when they won the Brock Shield back in May.
During last year’s Brock Cup competition, The Sem were beaten convincingly by this same St. Marys team – so this was always going to be a difficult opening fixture. However, from the minute the ball was thrown in, the Sem boys displayed the wonderful progress that they have made over the Summer playing with their clubs.
A strong defensive performance in the first half, after playing against the wind, put the Sem 1-7 to 0-3 in the lead at the break. The highlight of the first half was the performance of Oisin McKenna who was making his competitive debut for the Sem. The Sean McDermott’s player registered three points from play in the opening half and added another point to this tally in the second half. Indeed McKenna wasn’t the only debutant to make a positive impression on the match as Scotstown’s Dylan McCarey also showed up very well, despite playing out of position at corner back.
Credit must go to the St. Mary’s team who battled gamely in the second half despite the concession of an early goal. However, a very controlled performance by the Sem saw them see the game out comfortably. Aside from the result of the match, another positive outcome for the Sem was the performance of the substitutes when introduced. In particular, Truagh’s Cillian Woods caught the eye in scoring three points from play despite taking to the field with only ten minutes remaining.
MacCormack Cup winning team 2014
2012 Ulster All Star Mel Boyce with G.A.A. Ard Stiurtoir P. Duffy and coach, Mr. S. Meehan
Mc Rory Team 2010
Mc Rory Team 2009
2009 Bank of Ireland Allstars Daniel Mc Kenna and Christopher Mc Gorman with Mr. R. Mc Hugh, Mr. G. Coyle, Mr. P. Duffy and Mr. S. Meehan
Kieran Hughes at the presentation of The B.O.I. All Star Awards
Kieran Hughes with his All Star Award. Also Mr. G. Coyle, team manager
Mc Rory Team 2007/08
Mr. Frank Mc Eneaney of the Westenra Hotel Presents Sponsorship Cheque
Paul Mc Guigan