St Killian’s impress with strong opening win

Danske Bank Mageean Cup Hurling

St Killians Garron Tower 4-17(29)  St Louis, Ballymena 1-13(16)

St Killian’s made a great start to their Mageean Cup campaign when the beat St Louis in their opening game at Waterfoot on Thursday, running out winners by thirteen points. A good start was vital in this ultra-competitive group and St Killian’s started strongly. After an exchange of points between Patrick McIlwaine and St Louis Jack McCloksey Niall McGarel and top scorer Joseph McLaughlin put them two clear by the 7th minute

A great point direct from a sideline cut by St Louis midfielder Daire McMullan left just a point between the sides, but St Killian’s were having the better of things and three points in two minutes by Seanie McIntosh, Joseph McLaughlin and Niall McGarel put them four ahead. Ronan McCollum pulled one back from a free for the Ballymena school on 13 minutes but three in a row from McLaughlin and a goal from full forward Niall McGarel saw them open a gap that had them nine ahead at half time. (1-10 to 0-4)

With the light breeze at their backs in the second half St Louis cut the gap back to six in the first 7 minutes at Ronan McCollum fired over three points from frees. It began to look like St Killian’s were losing their grip on the game but once they got their first point from a Joseph McLaughlin free on 38 minutes they regained control. A goal from Orrin O’Connor two minutes later swung things back in Garron Tower’s favour and when Seanie McIntosh added two more points from play the game was all but decided.

Ronan McCollum pulled a point back for St Louis but two goals inside a minute form McLaughlin sealed the win. St Louis kept on battling to the end and points from Jack McCloskey and Ronan McCollum, plus a McCollum goal gave them something to take into next week’s crucial game with St Mary’s.

ST KILLIAN’S

John V Morgan, Josh Schnell, Mark McSparran, Killian McNaughton, Mick Quinn, Donal Kearney, Shane McKenna, Odhran Gillan, Patrick McIlwaine, Padriag McKillop, Archie McSparran, Jospeh McLaughlin, Brogan O’Connor, Niall McGarel, Seanie McIntosh.

Subs – Orrin O’Connor, Cormac McKeown, Cailin Devlin

ST LOUIS

Callum Mullan, Dara Martin, Kevin O’Boyle, Eamon Carey, Connal McCloskey, Conor Dickson, Finn Henry, Daire McMullan, Darragh Patterson, Oisin McCamphill, Pearse Patterson, jack McCloskey, Ryan Mort, Ronan McCollum.

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