McGarry’s late point gives CPC victory

Danske Bank Mageean Cup

Cross & Passion Ballycastle 1-8 St Killian’s Garron Tower 1-7

An injury time point from player of the match Christy McGarry gave CPC victory over St Killian’s in Friday’s second round-robin game of the Danske Bank Mageean Cup at Pairc MacUílin. Seconds earlier it looked like Niall McGarrel had given the Garron Tower boys a share of the spoils when his penalty, following a high tackle on Orrin O’Connor, had brought his side back on terms, something that had looked highly unlikely for most of the game.

With a gale force wind blowing towards the Rathlin end of the ground Cross & Passion went ahead with a point from Gavin McToal, despite facing the elements. Their physicality was better suited to such conditions and with ‘Bicky’ McGarry leading the line they looked the better side. Joe McLaughlin brought St Killian’s back on terms with a pointed free on eight minutes, but McGarry came back with a point a minute later and CPC led by a point at the end of a low scoring first quarter.

The second quarter saw CPC continue to hold the upper hand and when Orann Donnelly fired home from close range, after good approach work by McGarry it looked the would push on, but Joe McLaughlin’s frees were keeping the Tower in touch and they only trailed by two at the interval. (1-4 to 0-5)

A point from Ben McGarry just after the restart increased the CPC lead to three and everyone in Pairc MacUílin expected to see the Ballycastle school pull clear. However just as in the first half the team facing the elements ourscored their opponents. Not that there was a loto of scoring done by either side, so bad were the conditions.

Another Ben McGarry point saw Cross & Passion move four ahead it looked like it was all over, but when McGarrell pointed a free with just minutes remaining there was just a goal between them. Good work by St Killians Cormac McKeown created an opening for Orrin O’Connor, and when the Glenariffe clubman was fouled near to goal McGarrel stepped up and drove the resultant penalty low to corner of the CPC net to level the game.

St Killian’s defenders battle hard to keep CPC at bay on a couple of occasions in injury time, but when the chips were down ‘Bicky’ McGarry once again produced that bit of magic and his late point from a narrow angle gave his team victory.

Cross & Passion: Orann Donnelly 1-1, Ben McGarry 0-4, Christy McGarry 0-2, 1 free, Joe McToal 0-1.

St Killian’s : Niall McGarrel 1-1, 1-0 pen., 0-1 free, Joe McLaughlin 0-5 frees, Archie McSparran 0-1.


Criostia McAuley, Patrick McAlonan, James Bakewell, Cathair Donnelly, Jack Colgan, Ruairi McCormick, Eoin Boylan, Darragh Kelly, Ben McGarry, Christy McGarry, Tiernan Heggarty, Ben O’Kane, Gavin McToal, Orran Donnelly.


John V Morgan, Josh Schnell, Mark McSparran, Killian McNaughton, Daniel Kearney, Michael Quinn, Odhran Gillan, Patrick McIlwaine, Padraig McKillop, Archie McSparran, Joe McLaughlin, Cormac McKeown, Orrin O’Connor, Niall McGarrel, Seanie McIntosh.

Referee – Patrick Tummelty (Lamh Dhearg)

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