Schools: Rice College create history in Connacht

March 10, 2018

Rice College, Wesport captain Pat Lambert lifts the Connacht PPS 'A' SF trophy.
Pic via Connacht GAA (@ConnachtGAA) on Twitter.

History was made in Tuam Stadium today as Rice College got the better of St Attracta's to get their hands on the Aonghus Murphy Memorial Cup for the first time.

Despite losing midfielder Fintan McManamon to a red card in the 25th minute, the Mayo school prevailed on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-10.

The impressive Keith Joyce scored the game's only goal in the second-half while Rice College's goalkeeper Cian Kennedy played his part when saving Red Og Murphy's penalty effort with 10 minutes left on the clock.

Meanwhile, corner-forward Stephen Loftus walked away with the 'man-of-the-match' accolade.

Joyce scored the opening point straight from the throw-in and the winners took a 0-9 to 0-5 lead into the break.

McManamon's dismissal for a high challenge was the only negative from their point of view but they made light of their numerical disadvantage when outscoring their Sligo opponents - who were also bidding for a first title - by 1-4 to 0-5 after the resumption.

The Pat Lambert captained outfit now have an All-Ireland semi-final date with the Leinster winners to look forward to on March, 24th.

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