Today (Friday) 12pm in Loup
Cross and Passion Ballycastle v Coláiste Oriall Monaghan
THERE should be an interesting climax to the Danske Bank Mallon Cup today with Coláiste Oiriall from Monaghan going in search of their second Ulster Schools’ football title when they face Cross and Passion Ballycastle in Loup at 12pm.
Coláiste Oiriall has already secured the Ennis Cup before Christmas and quite a few of this panel played in that final. They have used their experience in this competition and have reached the final without too much bother.
Backboned by excellent players such as defenders Aodhan Ó Dughail and Niall Ó Coighligh, midfielders Bobby Mac Camhaoil and Néal Ó Miacháin and Reuben Ó Sirideáin and Fionn Ó Maolchallann up front they will be a formidable obstacle for Cross and Passio, a school more used to hurling success.
Most of the Ballycastle team do not have too much football experience but that has not prevented them taking an unbeaten run to the final with wins over Glen Road CBS, St Benedict’s Randalstown, Dungannon Integrated and then Lumen Christi Derry in last week’s semi-final with goals Oisin Healy (2), Conor Mort (2) and Kieran McCarry.
Winners of the Danske Bank Thompson Cup last year in hurling half of the team recently won a second successive Féile na nGael title with Loughgiel, wing half back Tiago McGarry getting Player of the Match.
However beating the Gaelscoil from Monaghan looks a tall order for the north Antrim boys.
Cross and Passion panel : E Richmond, C O’Hagan, B O’Kane, R McLaughlin, T McGarry, Cathair Donnelly, J Alex, E McGarry, G McToal, D Kelly, B McGarry, O Healy, C Mort, K McCarry, Conor Donnelly, R Casey, A McFerran, C Beaudant, D McAuley, E McKinley, D O’Mullan
Coláiste Oiriall : O Mac Traenfhir, S Ó Carthaigh, A Ó Dughail, R Mac Cumhaigh, C Ó Murchú, N Ó Coighligh, M Ó Murchú, B Mac Camhaoil, N Ó Miacháin, M Ó Cearrbhalláin, R Ó Sirideáin, M Ó Mealláin, O Ó Conaghaile, F Ó Maolchallann, P Ó Corrgáin
Subs : C Mac Giolla Mheana, D Mac Giolla Cearra, S Ó Ceallaigh