Danske Bank Foresters’ Cup semi-final
St Killian’s, Garron Tower 1-13 St Patrick’s, Maghera 0-10
ST KILLIAN’S, Garron Tower produced a top drawer second half performance to reach their fourth successive Danske Bank Foresters’ Cup final at Mallusk yesterday.
St Patrick’s, Maghera had beaten them with a late point in last season’s final and it looked as if the Derry boys were going to repeat the dose when they led by 0-8 to 0-5 at half-time.
They went into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead with a point from Richie Mullan and three frees from Odhrán McKeever.
The Tower worked their way back into the game between the 16th and 20th minutes with two Conal McAteer frees either side of points from Daniel Black and Leo Morgan.
Maghera however finished the half strongly with two points each for Mullan and McKeever to open up a three points lead.
St Killian’s however moved up a gear after the break and drew level in the 39th minute with a long-range free from Shane O’Connor.
A minute later Eoin Magee bagged the only goal of the game after good work on the wing from David Kilgore and the Antrim coast side was on their way.
An injury, forcing the withdrawal of captain and free-taker Odhrán McKeever, left a hole in the Maghera midfield and they only managed to pick off two points during the second half, both frees, while the Tower booked their place in the final once more with points from Leo and James Morgan, David Kilgore and an excellent solo effort from Daniel Black.
The second semi-final, between competition favourites St Mary’s, Belfast and St Louis, Ballymena takes place tomorrow (FRIDAY), with the final next Wednesday or Thursday.
St Killian’s : P McMullan, J Morgan 0-1, L Gillan, E McQuillan, S Magill capt, S O’Connor 0-1 free, S Murphy, D Black 0-2, C McAteer 0-4 frees, S Walsh, L Morgan 0-3, F McCurry, R McCambridge, E Magee 1-1, D Kilgore 0-1.
Sub : F Walker for S Walsh.
St Patrick’s : D Quinn, C Mac Giolla Fhiondáin, T Walsh, S McNicholl, C McGuigan, B O’Kane, R Corey, O McKeever capt 0-5 frees, S Higgins, S Quinn, P McLaughlin, LE Campbell, C McCartney, R Mullan 0-5, 0-2 frees, R Rafferty.
Subs : C Campbell for O McKeever, M Quinn for C Campbell.