St Killian’s reach MacNamee Cup decider

 

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Danske Bank MacNamee Cup semi-finals

Cross & Passion Ballycastle 5-6 St Louis Ballymena 5-1

St Killian’s Garron Tower 5-5 St Mary’s Belfast 3-4

It will be a north Antrim derby final for the Danske Bank MacNamee Cup on Friday evening after Cross & Passion and St Killian’s came through tough semi-final tests yesterday at Loughgiel and Ballymena respectively.

In Ballymena St Killian’s got off to a great start with a Sean McKay goal after 3 minutes, but Ruairí Galbraith, David Winnery, Joel Brady and Dannan McVeigh started to assert themselves for St Mary’s and they went ahead with 1-2 from Galbraith.

Gerard Scullion’s goal however put St Killian’s ahead at the break 2-2 to 1-3 from Galbraith.

Galbraith continued to cause problems in the second half and his neat lay-offs to Paul Smyth and Eoin McMenamin edged the city boys clear once more.

At this stage Joe Delargy brought off a superb stop in the St Killian’s goal and it inspired his team.  Captain Finlay Walker struck back with a goal in the 42nd minute and Caolan O’Connor added another from a penalty, with Walker’s second goal pushing the Tower boys clear near the end.

 

Cross & Passion looked to be cruising to victory when they pulled 8 points clear a minute into the second half, with the wind and driving rain on their backs.

However St Louis Ballymena drew level with a goal 4 minutes from time.

It appeared to be anybody’s game at this stage but the Ballycastle boys finished strongly and Emmet O’Hara pointed before full-forward Paul Boyle, who had been a constant threat, fired in the game-clinching goal.

St Killian’s : Finlay Walker 2-2, Gerard Scullion 1-1, Caolan O’Connor 1-1, Sean McKay 1-1.

St Mary’s : Ruairi Galbraith 1-4, Eoin McMenamin 1-0, Paul Smyth 1-0.

Cross & Passion : Paul Boyle 2-1, Ronan McAlister 1-3, Emmet O’Hara 1-2, Ciaran McKay 1-0.

St Louis : Seaan Elliott 2-1, Eoin McCusker 1-0, Eoghan McGrath 1-0, Declan McCloskey 1-0.

 

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