A well-drilled St Patrick's and St Brigid's Claudy side were crowned Pat King Cup (Year 12 football) champions after a convincing 1-11 to 0-4 over Derry rivals St Colm's Draperstown at Owenbeg on Thursday.

Despite playing into the breeze, the winners were 1-5 to 0-4 ahead at the break.  St Colm's enjoyed much of the early possession, but were wasteful and Claudy punished them with a Caoimhin McGavigan goal after six minutes.

St Colm's did have a spell of dominance in the middle of the first-half, when they pegged the score back to a single point.

Niall McGonagle landed two frees - one from either wing - to open a 1-4 to 0-4 Claudy lead.

Claudy had captain Jack Boyce's industry at midfield to push them forward but needed a fabulous diving save from goalkeeper Ethan McLaughlin to deny Conan Bradley.

Trailing 1-5 to 0-4 at the interval, St Colm's carved out a second goal chance but McLaughlin again made a save from a Marc Wilson shot.

Draperstown failed to score in the second-half, as Niall McCloskey and Brendan Byrne blotted out the threat of Jack Conway, who scored 2-7 in the semi-final.

At the other end, Niall McGonagle and Adam Murphy benefited from the play-making influence of Tiernan Feeney as Claudy ran out 10 point winners.


St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s: Ethan McLaughlin, Matthew Gallagher, Niall McCloskey, Conor Donaghy, Fergal Gormley (0-1), Brendan Byrne, Jacob McElhinney, Jack Boyce, Adam Murphy (0-3), Caoimhin McGavigan (1-1), Tiernan Feeney (0-2),  Jack Kelly (0-1), Séa Watson, Niall McGonagle (0-3, 2f), Tiarnan O’Connor.
Subs: Aodhán O’Doherty, Cainan Donaghy, Keelin Hasson, Caolan McGlinchey, Shane O’Donnell.

St Colm’s: Reece McGuigan, Andrew McBride, Mark McGeehan, Caolan Fullerton, Eoin McAuley, John Glass, Joe McKenna, Eoin Donnelly, Marc Wilson, Jack McBride, Jack Conway (0-3, 2f), Victor Mura, Ryan McElhennon, Conan Bradley (0-1), Ryan McCullagh
Subs: Eoin McNicholl, Sean Donnelly, Aaron McKenna, Sean Óg McKenna, Ferghal Bradley, Finn McMahon, Kievan Church, Riain O’Hagan, Kevan Donnelly, Connor Boyle.

Report and photos will be in next week's County Derry Post - out on Christmas Eve.

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