ST MICHAEL’S Noonan Cup campaign was cut short at the semi-final hurdle with defeat to St Attracta’s by 3-10 to 0-7.
A penalty decision proved crucial as the Lurgan students lost out in Derrylin during the All-Ireland showdown.
“The referee handed out two red cards and 11 yellows but we felt it was a game without a single bad challenge to be honest,” said a St Michael’s spokesman.
“We were certainly frustrated and confused when a penalty was awarded just before half-time.
“The Tubbercurry players also registered another vital score in the second half.
“It had been a pretty low-scoring affair up until that point towards the end of the first half.
“We were disappointed not to have taken advantage of our majority possession, with Oisin Lenehan strong in midfield and Drew McKenna and Shea Heffron particularly impressive in defence.
“We came out strong in the second half, and Ruairi Loughran pointed twice to close the gap down to the minimum.
“The teams ended up with 14 apiece and another goal for St Attracta’s changed the game.
“We conceded over the next 10 minutes before another goal basically wrapped up the contest.
“Another point for Loughran arrived before the end of the match.
“It has been a wonderful season for the school, with Shea Heffron and Oisin Lenehan picking up Ulster Colleges’ All-Star award, as well as winning another MacLarnon title.
“The Treanor Cup team, the first years, have a quarter-final on the cards against St Paul’s of Bessbrook and work done at Herald Cup level has also been crucial.”
Credit must go to the coaching team of David Wilson and Colm Fegan alongside all the hard-working players.
ST MICHAEL’S: Jack Wilson, Jason Rogers, Drew McKenna, Adam Kelly, Aaron Casey, Shea Heffron, Eoin McCabrey, Oisin Lenehan, Jonathan Torode, John Magee, Diarmuid O’Hagan, Declan Heaney, Padraig Judge, Ruairi Loughran (0-7), James McDade, Matthew Mulholland, Niall O’Neill, Paddy Sheehan, Conor McConville.