Liatroim Fontenoys’ Cup final
St Killian’s Garron Tower 5-13 St Pius X Magherafelt 0-4
ST KILLIAN’S Garron Tower reclaimed the Liatroim Fontenoys’ Cup a decade after their first and only success with a powerful team display in Ballymena on Monday evening.
Thirteen of their starting team were from the Cushendall club and it was No 13, Orlaith McCurry, who inflicted most damage on St Pius X Magherafelt. McCurry struck for two goals inside the opening quarter and added two more during the final quarter.
St Killian’s kept St Pius X under constant pressure throughout with Abi McNeill marshalling a sound defence that didn’t concede a score from open play. Indeed all St Pius X points, bar one, came from long range frees that were beautifully struck by Paige Bell. Bell was the Magherafelt team’s only threat up front, but without support she was simply closed down by McNeill and the sliotar cleared to set up another attack.
Kady McNeill’s penetrating runs from midfield delivered some good points while the pace and close skills of all six forwards created scoring chances from the off.
Nnenna Okoronkwo in St Pius X goals and full-back Alishia McClenaghan were working overtime to stem the flow and there were periods during the game when they slowed up the Garron Tower scoring.
McCurry had the sliotar in the net after six minutes, taking a pass from Clodagh McPeake to open her account. It was the same combination for her second goal after 11 minutes and St Killian’s went in at the water break with a 2-3 to 0-1 lead.
That gap widened with Orlaith McAlister’s goal direct from a 45 early in the second quarter, although St Pius X forced errors from the Tower attack for the rest of the half and it was 3-6 to 0-3 at half time.
They added some fine points from Eimear Butler, Kady McNeill and Clodagh McPeake during the third quarter before McCurry nipped in for the final two goals near the end to complete a comprehensive victory that sees St Killian’s into the All-Ireland series after Christmas.
St Killian’s: L Mulholland, C Morgan, E McMullan, MC McAlister, L Black, A McNeill, C O’Hara, C O’Boyle, K McNeill 0-2, E Butler 0-1, O McAlister 1-5, 1-2 frees, EJ Butler 0-1, O McCurry 4-1, C McPeake 0-2, R Black
Subs : K Kerr 0-1, L Magill, C Reid, E McNaughton, E Delargy, K McDonnell, N McDonnell.
St Pius X : N Okoronkwo, J Devlin, A McClenaghan, B McClure, E Stewart, A McOscar capt., L Harris, C Campbell, E Loughran, P Bell 0-4 frees, C Crozier, A Donnelly, A Mulholland, E Harris, K O’Connor.
Subs : K McCormick, C McGuckin, K McCann.