IT was a day of mixed fortunes in Croke Park for the two Offaly schools competing in their respective All Ireland Finals on Saturday.
St Mary’s, Edenderry made history becoming the first Offaly school to lift the Hogan Cup after dominating the All Ireland Colleges Senior Fooball Final.
Unfortunately Gallen CS, Ferbane were unable to defend their All Ireland Vocational Schools Senior Football A title as they came up against a very strong Holy Trinity side from Cookstown.
Gallen started well and matched the Ulster side in the opening exchanges but they fell away and relinquished their title to the side they beat in the semi-final last year.
St Mary’s however were far too strong for St Michael’s of Enniskillen and after opening up a 1-6 to 0-0 lead during the first-half, they went to the break 1-10 to 0-3 ahead.
The Ulster side threatened a revival early in the second-half but St Mary’s were not to be denied and they reasserted their dominance to run out deserved 1-16 to 0-6 winners.
See Tuesday’s Offaly Express for extensive coverage from the finals in Croke Park including full reports, reaction and plenty of full colour photographic coverage.