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St Paul’s, Bessbrook reach DkIT GAA Tournament Final

St Paul’s High School, Bessbrook and St Ronan’s, Lurgan participated in the Dundalk IT  7-a – side GAA Tournament for U16 Boys that took place last Wednesday 13th April.

Played in the Dundalk IT campus, a total of 22 teams from schools across Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Cavan and Armagh competed for the Brendan Carthy Cup.

Both teams did very well in their group stages with St Ronan’s topping the group ahead of St Pat’s, Navan A and De La Salle, Dundalk, while St Paul’s came second in their group behind St Pat’s, Navan B and ahead of Gormanston College  Meath and Ardee Community School.

Having made it through to the knock out stages the draw indicated that the two Orchard teams would go head to head.

After a pulsating match it was St Paul’s who overcame St Ronan’s on a 2-07 to 1-06 score line.

The Bessbrook men would then go on to dispose of Our Lady’s, Castleblayney in the quarter final (4-04 to 3-04)  and St Pat’s, Navan B in the semi final (4-05 to 4-05) to set up an all Ulster final against title holder Patrician High School Carrickmacross, Monaghan.

Played at a very high tempo Patrician High School got off to a great start and raced to a 1-01 to no score lead.    St Paul’s did manage to claw it back to a one point game but, as the saying goes “goals wins games” and it certainly proved crucial as Patrician High School, secured a 2 point winning margin to retain their title for the 3rd year in a row beating Marty O’Rourke’s charges 1-04 to 0-05.