Lightning start helps St Killian’s to victory

Danske Bank Foresters Cup

St Killians 2-12-1-11 St. Mary’s CBGS

From Kevin Herron at Allen Park

Two goals in the space of the opening six-minutes helped St Killian’s emerge victorious in their top of the table clash with St. Mary’s CBGS in this afternoons Forsters Cup meeting at Allen Park.

Patrick McIlwaine scooped home the first and a second goal from full-forward Matthew McCann had St. Mary’s floored early-on but credit to the Glen Road side who played their part in an entertaining encounter and battled back in the second period.

Ultimately the game was won and the lost inside of ten minutes at Allen Park, Antrim. Playing with the wind advantage in the opening half it was St Killian’s who immediately took advantage with Odhran Gillan popping the ball over the bar within 15-seconds.

A free from Seanie McIntosh doubled his sides advantage and after 3 minutes the opening goal fell to the dominant Killian’s.

Shane McKenna saw his shot parried by Cahir Carbery and McIlwaine quickly swopped to scoop the ball home and give St Killian’s a 1-02-0-00 lead.

Dubhlatach Wilson attempted to steady the St. Mary’s ship and converted a free in response – though further points from McIntosh and Odhran Gillan followed.

Things got better for St. Killian’s on the 7th minute as Matthew McCann claimed possession and confidently rifled past Carbery to make it 2-05-0-01 and leave St. Mary’s wondering just what was in store for the afternoon.

The Glen Road side showed their fighting quality though with Wilson angling back to back points and Diarmaid Rogan firing over another in a rare purple patch thus far.

The game was on a far more even keel for the remainder of the half – McIntosh adding two further scores; one from play and the other a free- in between a converted Dubhaltach Wilson free to ensure that St Killian’s led 2-07-0-05 at the midway point in proceedings.

Daniel Kearney extended St Killian’s lead with a fine point within three minutes of the restart – but St. Mary’s responded and closed the deficit with three points on the spin.

Eoin McBriarity showed a turn of pace and popped the ball over, Dubhaltach Wilson conjured up his third point from play and despite being drafted into an unfamiliar attacking position- Ben McCauley fired between the posts to make it a six-point game (2-08-0-08).

St Killian’s replied with four successive points of their own to open up a double figure lead.

Seanie McIntosh added another two points from play and free – in-between successive scores from Nial McGarel.

St. Mary’s were offered renewed hope approaching the last ten minutes when talisman Wilson struck low to the net.

It was almost wiped out at the other end however as McGarel went through on-goal, but his initial shot cannoned back off the underside of the crossbar and substitute keeper Rhys Camlin produced heroics to keep out the follow-up.

Points from Wilson (free), Adam Churchill and McCauley closed the gap to four in the end as St Killian’s came out on top to progress straight into the semi-finals of the competition.

St. Mary’s will get another crack at a spot in the last four when they take on Red High, Downpatrick in the quarter-final next week.

St. Killian’s: C McKeegan, A McSparran, A McSparran, R Rodgers, J Leech, P McKillop, M McSparran, S McKenna (0-01), O Gillan (0-01), S McIntosh (1-06, 0-03f), D Kearney (0-01), J Schell (0-01), P Mcilwaine (0-02), M McCann (1-00), N McGarel.

St. Mary’s CBGS: C Carbery, P Moyes, E McBriarity, S Hughes, B McCauley (0-02), F Mervyn, P Short, C Boyle, E McBriarity (0-01), D Rogan (0-01), J Sloan, A Churchill (0-01), N McGarry, B Burns, D Wilson (1-06, 0-03f).

Referee: Malachy Leech

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