That was an absolutely enthralling MacRory Cup final. St. Mary's Magherafelt claimed their first ever title with a well deserved 0-19 to 0-13 victory over St. Colman's Newry.
The standard of football really was excellent from both teams - it was a wonderful, sporting, free-flowing match full of incident and great score taking.
St. Mary's always led but St. Colman's made them work very hard for the victory with the gap being just two points with a few minutes left. Mary's always responded well when Colman's got close and the standard of leadership in the team is exceptional - captain Declan Cassidy played a starring role from defence and did his part in attack too.
Up front, Kevin Small was outstanding at full forward. Won all his own ball, ran at the Colman's defence all day long and has two great feet. Some of his scores were breathtaking in their audacity. Two definite future senior stars for Derry in the making there.
Wonderful scenes at the end with some of the Mary's players almost stampeded by their own supporters and then all getting a big hug from their very attractive principal Deirdre Gillespie on the steps of the stand before they received the famous old trophy.
Lovely to see "the voice of Ulster football", the great Jimmy Smyth, on MCing duties at the Athletic Grounds too.
All in all a really tremendous advertisement for the great competition.
St. Mary's will be very hard beaten in the All-Ireland on that showing.