A PURPLE patch in each half during which they scored a combined total of ten points without reply proved to be the difference as Holy Cross Strabane collected the Danske Bank McAvoy Cup at Drumragh on Tuesday afternoon.
With the wind at their backs the winners enjoyed a good start to the game but then opponents Lismore from Craigavon fought back and with only seven minutes of the first half to go two points separated the two sides.
Holy Cross then landed the last five points of the opening period to enjoy a healthy 1-7 to 0-3 interval advantage.
The Armagh lads though enjoyed a dream start to the second half with a goal in the first attack and by the 39th minute they were back on level terms.
They were the better side at that stage but crucially they couldn’t get their noses in front as they kicked four wides in a row when on top.
To their credit Holy Cross stuck to their task and after man of the match Oisin McGillion opened their second half account in the 47th minute they tagged on another four points.
Lismore set up a tense finish with a goal two minutes into injury time but Holy Cross held on to deservedly claim the silverware.
McGillion finished the contest with 0-7 to his name which included four points from play but this in essence was a fine all round team display from the winners.
Eoin Barcley, Anthony Crossan and Oran Farrell stood out in the winners defence while Jake O’Neill and team Captain Aaron McGrath had the better of things in midfield, the duo weighing in with four points between them.
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