East Antrim Schools Cup Winners

East Antrim Schools FA Cup

East Antrim Schools FA Cup Final Under 14

St Killian’s College Garron Tower 3 – 1 Edmund Rice College Glengormley

The Year 10 soccer team completed a fantastic week for St Killian’s College by winning the EASFA under 14 Cup – the first time it has come to the Garron Tower campus.

East Antrim Schools Cup Winners

It followed initial successes for the camogie team in the Fontenoys’ Cup final and for the under 16 Gaelic team in the Faul Cup.

The Year 10s and Edmund Rice played out an entertaining final with St Killian’s running out comfortable 3-1 winners.  The opening exchanges signalled that this would be a physical battle with neither side willing to give up possession easily.  Both sides had chances early on but the respective goalkeepers were up to the challenge, particularly Patrick Abram who not for the first time this season kept St Killian’s in the game.

St Killian’s opted for a fairly defensive set up with five along the back.  The two central defenders Sean McMullan and Paul Rodgers dealt with everything that came their way with both wing backs, Fergus McCambridge and Kieran McCormick linking up well with the midfield.  Chris Guiller, playing as a sweeper broke up play very effectively and was instrumental in starting attacks.

The St Killian’s central midfield partnership of captain Dano Scozzari and Jonathan McManus won their battle in this area of the pitch and Edmund Rice found it difficult to get a foothold in the game as the ball was moved quickly out to the wingers Harry Kilgore and Corey Beggs who were a constant menace.

The first St Killian’s goal came from a typically strong run from Dylan McLaughlin who crossed the ball for Jonathan McManus to smash home.  St Killian’s were more relaxed in their play and generally controlled the tie up until half-time.

Edmund Rice came out for the second half really invigorated and it was not a huge surprise when Martin Reilly hit the equaliser after 8 minutes of the second half.  However St Killian’s were quick to respond and they were back in control within 4 minutes, with Dylan McLaughlin and Jonathan McManus linking up for McManus to slot home his second.

St Killian’s then scored a third to put the match beyond doubt and it was the same partnership that had caused havoc in the Edmund Rice’s defence all day, combining for McManus to complete his hat trick.

St Killian’s : Patrick Abram, Paul Rodgers, Chris Guiller, Corey Beggs, Kieran McCormick, Cathal McDonnell, Fergus McCambridge, Gaetano Scozzari, Marc McKinstry, Harry Kilgore, Dylan McLaughlin, Jonathan McManus, Sean McMullan, Ben O’Boyle.

Peace 3 Project

On Monday 28thNovember we accompanied Mrs Kane, Mrs Cosgrove and our fellow students from Larne High and Roddensvale School

Peace 3on what was to be an eventful journey around Belfast. Over the past three years we have been studying cultural and heritage awareness. On this occasion we visited various key destinations in the city including Stormont, the Ship Yard, The Odyssey Arena, The Titanic Quarter and much more. We travelled in a large double decker bus and had the privilege of having a personal tour guide to enlighten us on the historical and political features of each area.

We went on to explore the most affected parts of Belfast during the troubles including the Europa which was bombed 28 times, Sandy Row, Shankhill Road and the Falls Road. We also saw the famous murals. The most memorable part of our trip was signing the Peace wall. To end the day we were treated to a trip to the Continental Market at Belfast City hall. We tasted food from different countries. It was a great experience and a trip we will never forget.

By Rachael O Boyle, Laura O Boyle & Aoife Walsh


St Killian’s Clinch Fontenoys’ Cup

St Killian’s Garron Tower 4-9 St Louis Ballymena 1-4

St Killian’s Garron Tower lifted the Liatroim Fontenoys’ Cup for the first time after a power-packed display in Quinn Park Ballymena on Saturday.

And it was their captain Sinéad Cosgrove that was the stand-out player in the final.  Despite being double-marked she was able to gain plenty of possession and burst through for scores, while sister Dervla also worked hard in the centre of the attack.

Their defence was only troubled during the last quarter, when St Louis tagged on 1-3, but the contest was over by that stage. Leah Cosgrove, Annie Leech and Niamh McKendry stood out at the back with Tierna Carson probably edging a tight midfield.

The losers fought hard – Emma and Jane McAleese, Roisin Kelly and Dearbhail Elliott providing most resistance – but they were always searching for a foothold in the game.

Sinéad Convery turned to shoot the opening goal in the second minute and her second goal, coming in the 24th minute following good work from Tierna Carson and Niamh McKendry, made the half-time score 2-6 to 0-1.

All six points were delivered by Sinead Cosgrove and she added another at the start of the second half, as St Killian’s moved in for the kill.

Tierna Carson’s angled goal clinched the game soon after, while Sinead Convery completed her hat-trick in the 38th minute.

There was fight in Ballymena with Sorcha Conlan crashing home a goal and Dearbhail Elliott and Ciara Dobbin pointing, but these proved to be consolation scores as time ran out on them.

St Killian’s : Sarah Kane, Hannah McLoughlin, Leah Cosgrove, Annie Leech, Niamh McKendry, Hannah Okasha, Clodagh McKillop, Tierna Carson 1-0, Claire Kearney 0-1, Aisling Mulvenna, Dervla Cosgrove, Mary Kane, Sinéad Convery 3-0, Sinéad Cosgrove capt. 0-8, 0-4 frees, Dara Martin.

Subs : Shauna Murray for H McLoughlin, Natasha Dempster for D Martin, Michelle Ward for M Kane, Siobhán McKillop for A Leech, Aimee McDonnell for S Convery, Eimhear Carey, Clodagh McAllister, Jade Bradley, Laoise McKenna, Catherine Marshall, Molly McLaughlin, Fiona McDonnell.

St Louis : Sephora O’Connell, Laura McGarry, Roisin Kelly, Kate Hagan, Una Doherty, Jane McAleese, Anna Gribben, Therese McKinley, Emma McAleese capt., Dearbhail Elliott 0-3, Ciara Dobbin 0-1, Niamh Carberry, Niamh McLernon, Sorcha Conlon 1-0, Leona Traynor.

Subs : Megan Boyle for K Hagan, Eimear Higgins for L Traynor, Eimear McCloskey for U Doherty, Martina O’Kane for N McLarnon.

Referee : Cathair Cunning (Dunloy)