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MacRory Cup and Leinster U-21 semi-final reports

Updated: Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 20:28

MacRory Cup and Leinster U-21 semi-final reports

MacRory Cup: St Patrick’s Dungannon 2-07 Omagh CBS 1-09

Peter Harte hit the back of the net for Omagh after 12 minutes, giving them a seven-point lead in this entertaining MacRory Cup final.

However, a 29th-minute reply from Niall McKenna meant that Dungannon went in three points to the good at 1-06 to 1-03.

McKenna was again at the centre of the action for Dungannon on 38 minutes when he was illegally stopped in the area by Stephen Mullan. Dermot Thornton converted the ensuing penalty to extend Dungannon’s lead.

Although Omagh managed to regain their composure, slotting two points over the bar to narrow the deficit to a single point, they could not overturn Dungannon’s lead.

Leinster U-21 football semi-final: Laois 3-11 Kildare 0-11

Laois have beaten 2008 All-Ireland Under-21 football finalists Kildare in comprehensive fashion at Portlaoise on St Patrick’s Day.

A brace of first half goals from Brian Glynn and James Doyle set Laois on the way as they outclassed their opposition in this Leinster semi-final at O’Moore Park.

Kildare were not devoid of opportunities to win the game and should have done better first half; the Lillywhites recorded nine wides as Laois went into the break 2-04 to 0-04 ahead.

Kildare fought back in the second half, cutting the gap to five points – the hard work of captain Eoghan O’Flaherty and half-forward Ciaran Gravan was to be thanked for this revival.

Laois were not to be undone, however, and a Zach Tuohy goal in injury time ensured their victory.