Wins for Antrim schools in Corn Uan Uladh openers

Corn Uan Uladh – Ulster Schools Camogie

Cross and Passion Ballycastle 5-13 St Patrick’s Maghera 2-4

JUST AS the weather turned bad this afternoon, Corn Uan Uladh holders Cross & Passion Ballycastle turned the screw to pull away from St Patrick’s Maghera in this opening group game for both teams.

Maghera had a good opening half, with Bronagh McCullagh at midfield and Céat McEldowney at centre-half back fairly prominent. However they were playing with a fairly strong breeze on their backs and goals from Eilis Toner and Maria Rafferty put them into a slight lead after 20 minutes.

However goals in response from Aoife Toner and Charley McCarry just before the break left Cross and Passion leading by 3-6 to 2-4.

With the wind and rain picking up, Maghera goalie Mairead Comer did very well to keep the Ballycastle attack to just two goals, but there was little chance her team was going to get across into the CPC defence often enough to change the outcome.

Cross and Passion : Rihanna McBride (1-3), Roisin McCormick (1-3), Aine Magill (1-3), Charley McCarry (1-2), Aoife Toner (1-1), Carla McGarry (0-1).

St Patrick’s : Eilis Toner (1-1), Maria Rafferty (1-0), Bronagh McCullagh (0-3)

St Louis Ballymena 2-10 St Mary’s Magherafelt 0-6

Last year’s beaten Corn Uan Uladh finalists, St Louis Ballymena, got this season’s Ulster campaign off to a winning start this week with a 2-10 to 0-6 win over St Mary’s Magherafelt.

Aine Graham in goals made a big contribution to the win with her Ahoghill clubmate Maura Downey shooting five of the points. Both goals came from Bridini Oga’s Erin Traynor.

For St Mary’s, several players did well – Clare Cassidy, Emily Cullen and Ora McEvoy in defence with Cara McGoldrick and Caitriona Toner further out.

St Louis : Erin Traynor (2-1), Maura Downey (0-5 frees), Niamh Martin (0-2), Caoimhe Molloy (0-2)

St Mary’s : Rachel Downey (0-2 frees), Clodagh Curran (0-2), Sophie Diamond (0-1), Caitriona Toner (0-1).

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