Nathy’s swept aside by Cookstown



Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools ‘B’ Final

Holy Trinity, Cookstown 0-19

St. Nathy’s, Ballaghaderreen 1-6


No Complaints! There are times when you just have to hold your hands up and acknowledge when you are beaten by a much better team and that was the situation for St. Nathy’s after this one-sided All-Ireland final played in perfect weather conditions in Croke Park last Saturday.

  It was a pity that Nathy’s did not do themselves justice on the day but the truth is they were never in the game against a superbly drilled Cookstown outfit who dominated proceedings from the throw-in.

  The Ballaghaderreen lads could point to a couple of goal chances in the first half but at the other end the Tyrone side missed at least four clear goal chances in that opening period and Nathy’s’ impressive goalkeeper Alan Davey made some incredible saves to keep the score down.

  In arrears by 9 points to 2 at half-time, it was damage limitation in the second half as Cookstown piled on the agony with some well taken points. St. Nathy’s’ first point from play came in the 59th minute, an indication of the way the game had gone.

  The deployment of Kane Phillips as a sweeper did not work for Nathy’s as the Tyrone side bypassed him, in fact when Phillips was moved back into attack Nathy’s played much better.

  All credit to the Ballagh’ lads who kept going despite being so far behind, and 1-2 in the final four minutes of play put some respectability on the scoreboard at the finish. Apart from the outstanding Alan Davey, Kuba Callaghan showed flashes of his undoubted talent and Luke Hester looked lively when introduced.

  But Cookstown had some marvellous players. Their full-forwards scored 0-13 between them and in Mark Devlin they had a superb playmaker and score-taker. Tarlach Quinn, Mark McKearney, Eoin Gallagher, Shane Murphy and Tiernan Quinn were also outstanding.

  Following on from the very talented Tyrone U-17 team from last year this is another impressive underage team from the county and with Peter Canavan among their backroom, the future looks good for Tyrone football.

  For Nathy’s, they can have no complaints on the day, they have had a memorable campaign and to get to an All-Ireland final was a great achievement. They just found a team that were too good for them on the day.

Key Moments

First half

Alan Davey was called into action in the 2nd minute and made a super save as Eunan Devlin drove at the Nathy’s goal but his powerful shot was deflected over for a point.

Cookstown points from Eoin Gallagher, Mark Devlin (2), Tiernan Mackle and Tiernan Quinn opened up a six point lead by the 11th minute.

Alan Davey made another spectacular save from Eunan Devlin in the 13th minute before Mark Devlin extended Cookstown’s lead.

Nathy’s finally opened their account through a James O’Hara free in the 21st minute.

Alan Davey made two more brilliant saves before half-time but Cookstown had points from Shane Murphy and Tiernan Quinn (free). Nathy’s completed the first half scoring with another O’Hara free in injury-time.

Half-time: Holy Trinity 0-9 St. Nathy’s 0-2

Second half

Cookstown added three points within nine minutes of the restart from Tiernan Quinn (free), Mark Devlin (free) and Shane Murphy.

Oisin Phillips lifted the siege with a Nathy’s free in the 40th minute but points from Shane Murphy (a ’45) and Mark Devlin (free) made it 0-14 to 0-3 after 46 minutes.

Kuba Callaghan’s free in the 49th minute was brief respite as Holy Trinity reeled off four more points from Tiernan Quinn (3, 2 frees) and Tarlach Quinn (free) to make it 0-18 to 0-4 with 7 minutes left.

Nathy’s got some consolation when Kuba Callaghan fired home a fine goal in the 58th minute.

Brian Molloy then kicked Nathy’s first point from play and Kuba Callaghan followed up with a pointed free two minutes into injury-time. Cookstown had the final say with a Tiernan Quinn free late into injury-time.

Full-time: Holy Trinity 0-19 St. Nathy’s 1-6

Holy Trinity, Cookstown: Conor Lane; Patrick Quinn, Tarlach Quinn (0-1, free), Tiernan McNamee; Oran Mulgrew, Conor Donnelly, Mark McKearney; Eoin Gallagher (0-1), Pauric Lagan; Kyran Robinson, Eunan Devlin (0-1), Shane Murphy (0-3, 1 ’45); Tiernan Quinn (0-7, 5 frees), Tiernan Mackle (0-1), Mark Devlin (0-5, 3 frees), Subs: Conor Quinn for E Devlin (42), Aaron Moore for Mackle (42), Sean McKenna for Quinn (52), Dean Canavan for Robinson (54), Thomas Mackle for Donnelly (57).

St. Nathy’s: Alan Davey; Matthew Dillon, Darragh Casey, Brian O’Hanlon; Shawn O’Hara, Jamie Lunt, Brian Molloy (0-1); David McBrien, Jason Doory; Oran Hester, James O’Hara (0-2, frees), Luke Connor; Oisin Phillips (0-1 free), Kane Phillips, Kuba Callaghan (1-2, 2 frees). Subs: Luke Hester for Dillon (h/t), Matthew Coyle for J O’Hara (42), Mark Finan for O Hester (53), Andrew Dillon for Phillips (53), Cathal Groarke for Connor (55), David McHugh for O’Hanlon.

Referee: James Bermingham (Cork)