Derry SHC final: Converys inspire Swatragh
September 24, 2012
Derry's Ruairi Convery
County star Ruairi Convery scored 1-4 as Swatragh overcame Banagher to lift the Fr Collins Cup for the first time at Celtic Park.
The Swatragh number 13 put his mark on proceedings just six minutes in with a superb overhead strike into the Banagher net. Chrissy Convery added a point before Banagher responded with scores from Shane Farren and Gary Stevenson. But Swatragh went into the break holding a 2-4 to 0-5 lead thanks to a Chrissy Convery goal on the stroke of half-time.
Banagher pulled back a goal in the 50th minute when Shane Farren crashed home a penalty, but they never seriously threatened the first-time winners, who were appearing in only their second ever decider.
"To start off the game with a goal is always going to work in your favour," a delighted Ruairi Convery told The Irish News afterwards.
"After that, Banagher were always playing catch-up. After scoring the first goal and leading throughout the game, I think that we thoroughly deserved our victory."
Swatragh - C O'Kane; N Doherty, S McFerran, M Warnock (0-1); S Bradley, M Kirkpatrick (0-2), C Quinn; M O'Hagen, C McQuillan; D McGuckin, S McQuillan, M Conway; C Convery (1-1), M McKenna, R Convery (1-4, 2f). Subs: S McNicholl (0-1) for D McGuckin, D McAlary (0-1) for S McQuillan.
Banagher - D McDermott; C Lynch, S M Lockhart; R McCloskey, S McCullagh, M Lynch; O McCloskey (0-1), P O'Kane (0-1); O Biggs, G Stevenson (0-1), S McCloskey; T McCloskey (0-1), P J McCloskey (0-1), S Farren (1-2). Subs: G O'Neill for S McCloskey, G O'Neill for S McCloskey, G Biggs for O Biggs, C Lynch for G Stevenson.
Referee - A Nash.
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