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St Mary's Magherafelt win first game of the season in stoppage time in Breffni

Ronan McKenna's free sets up clash with Monaghan in Round 2

St Mary's Magherafelt win first game of the season in stoppage time in Breffni

The St Mary's Magherafelt squad pictured before Saturday's win in Breffni Park.

An injury time free from Ronan McKenna saw St Mary's Magherafelt pick up their first win of the season (0-7 to 0-6) in their MacRory Cup Round 1 clash with St Patrick's Cavan on Saturday afternoon in Breffni Park.

'The Convent' lost all three group games, despite sterling performances against Omagh CBS and St Patrick's Armagh.

They welcomed back Eunan McElhennon from injury for Saturday's crunch game but despite a host of missed chances, they trailed the home side 0-3 to 0-1 at half-time.

Magherafelt, who lost Conor Fowley and Johnny McErlain to second-half black cards, battled back into the game and drew level before snatching victory in injury time with McKenna's late strike.

Their reward is a clash with St Macartan's Monaghan in the next round.

St Patrick's Maghera are already in the hat for the quarter-finals, as a result of topping their pre-Christmas group.

MAGHERAFELT: Peter McKinney, Conor Fowley, Matthew McNeil, Shea McSorley, Conleth Mallon, Eoin McEvoy, Johnny McErlain (0-1), Eunan McElhennon (0-1), Eunan Quinn, Aidan McCluskey, Callum Ormsby, Ronan McKenna (0-4f), Sean Duffin (0-1), Conhuir Johnston, Kevin McNicholl.
SUBS: Ryan McEldowney, Caolan Crozier.

CAVAN: Brian O’Rourke, Mark Maguire (0-1), Josh Marsden, Eoghan Galligan, Cian Reilly, James McCahill (0-1), Colin McKiernan, Oisin Brady, Fionntain O’Reilly, Jack Tully, Evan Kelly, Daniel Rowley, Shane Tynan (0-1), Daryl McGurren (0-2,1f), Jack Mooney (0-1).
SUBS. Kevin McPhilips, Darragh O’Reilly, Ben Mooney.

Round 2 (31 Jan - 2 Feb)
St Macartan's Monaghan v St Mary's Magherafelt
St Eunan's Letterkenny v Patrician Carrickmacross
St Patrick's Armagh v Abbey CBS
St Michael's Ennisken (Holders) v Holy Trinity Cookstown

Quarter-Finals (12-16 February)
St Patrick's Maghera v Round 2 winner
St Patrick's Dungannon v Round 2 winner
Omagh CBS v Round 2 winner
St Colman's Newry v Round 2 winner
Draw to be made after Round 2

For full report and an extensive schools round-up, grab a copy of Tuesday's County Derry Post.

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