When? March 9, 1o986
What? Corn na nOg final
Who? St Colman’s Newry 5-2 St Michael’s, Enniskillen
Where? Healy Park, Omagh
Referee? Dessie Slater (Tyrone)
THIS was the start of unprecedented success for St Colman’s which was spearheaded by none other than the future All-Ireland star, James McCartan.
It was the 15 year-old full-forward to really made the difference between these teams in the curtain-raiser to the MacRory Cup final on the same day.
While the St Michael’s started well thanks to a point from Simon Bradley, it was soon clear that they had little or no answer to the strong runs and goal-scoring exploits of James McCartan.
His first goal was one from which St Michael’s never recovered. By half-time the game was effectively over as a contest as the Newry side led by 4-0 to 0-1.
To their credit, though, St Michael’s continued to battle hard and two goals boosted their confidence. Sean Murphy and Stephen Dolan hit the target for them although they never looked likely to sufficiently bridge the gap.
Instead, Joe Green in the goals for St Colman’s continued to impress as a forward line including, of course, James McCartan, and also Gerard Reid and Paul O’Hare held all the aces to emerge winners with plenty to spare.
The win also catapulted them onto greater things, with the MacRory Cup arriving for many of the same players during subsequent years.
For now, though, the Corn Na nOg was enough for them to be getting on with.
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