It has been a busy first half to the term in terms of sport for both the boys and the girls.
The senior hurlers were knocked out at the quarter-final of the Mageean, while the Juniors took a second MacNamee Cup in three seasons. Our Junior camogs lost their final to OLSP Knock, while the Year 12 soccer team beat Slemish College 4-0 to reach their final.Danske Bank MacNamee Cup final
St Killian’s Garron Tower 6-6 St Louis Ballymena 2-7
St Killian’s, appearing in their third successive final, hit the ground running with goals from Joseph McLaughlin and Orrin O’Connor in the opening three minutes and powered their way to a second Danske Bank MacNamee Cup win at the weekend in Quinn Park Ballymena.
The scoring power of the St Killian’s full-forward line had a big influence on the outcome of with John V Morgan grabbing three goals to add to the five he hammered home in the semi-final and corner men McLaughlin and O’Connor sharing the other three.
The McSparran twins, Joe McNaughton, Patrick McIlwaine and Frankie McCormick were others to catch the eye while St Louis defender Odhran McGarry, Kevin O’Boyle, Jack McCloskey and the highly skilful Ronan McCollum were also stars in a great game of under-age hurling.
John V Morgan hit his first goal in the 12th minute and Brogan O’Connor tagged on a point to put the Tower 3-2 to 0-2 ahead, before a third point from Ronan McCollum revived St Louis and aided by a goal from Jack McCloskey, they narrowed the gap to four points by the interval.
However St Killian’s put the game out of their reach in the opening minutes of the second half; Joe McNaughton fired over a point from play, John V Morgan grabbed his second goal followed by a McNaughton point and then another Morgan goal. McNaughton split the posts again to put his side 5-6 to 1-5 up and coasting.
Odhran McGarry hit back near the end with a goal and a point from frees but Joseph McLaughlin closed the game out with a superb strike at the death.
St Killian’s : P Ward, C Devlin, F McCormick 0-1, C Graham, M Black, M McSparran capt, K McNaughton, P McIlwaine, A McSparran, B O’Connor, J McNaughton 0-4, C McKeown 0-1, O O’Connor 1-0, JV Morgan 3-0, J McLaughlin 2-0
Subs : O Woodhouse for O O’Connor.
Liatroim Fontenoys Cup final
Our Lady’s & St Patrick’s Knock 3-11 St Killian’s Garron Tower 2-6
When Shauna McDonnell opened the scoring by hand-passing a goal and St Killian’s added two further points from Caoimhe McNaughton and McDonnell to lead by 1-2 to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter, Our Lady’s & St Patrick’s Knock appearing in their first Liatroim Fontenoys’ Cup final looked to be very much on the back foot.
However their defence dug in with Tara Monan dropping back as a sweeper and they weathered the storm, hitting back with a goal from Beth Coulter after a great catch and hand-pass from Aoibheann Brethnall in the 20th minute and they trailed by just a single point at the break 1-5 to 1-4.
Knock replicated St Killian’s start to the opening half with an excellent goal from Tara Monan in the first minute and they were able to push on with five more points in the third quarter, as Hannah Toner, Sarah Clancy and Aoife Bell time and again cleared ball from defence and Monan, Coulter and Cliodna Kane all carried ball into the danger area.
St Killian’s battled hard throughout with Beth McAuley, Anna McNeill and Niamh Donnelly driving them forward and Shauna McDonnell a huge scoring threat until she was forced to move to midfield after an injury to Caoimhe McNaughton.
Donnelly’s goal direct from a long distance free eventually closed the gap to a goal as injury time beckoned, but Beth Coulter put the game to bed by finishing to the net at the other end and she topped off a fine individual performance with the final point in the 6th minute of injury time.
St Killian’s : M Mooney, O McKeegan, J Woulahan, M McKenna, C O’Hara, B McAuley, O Donnelly, C McNaughton 0-2, N Donnelly 1-0 free, A Delargy, A McPeake, A McNeill, M O’Hara, S McDonnell 1-2, N McKay 0-2.
Subs : C Kerr for C McNaughton, S Woodhouse for A Delargy.
Thanks as always to Curly & Sean Paul for the use of their excellent photographs