Danske Bank – Gallaghaer Cup
St Killian’s Garron Tower 3-5 St Patrick’s Maghera 2-7
St Killian’s booked their place in the final of the Danske Bank Gallagher Cup with a last minute point from a penalty by right-half forward Canice McIntosh in A hard fought and thoroughly enjoyable game at Allen Park Antrim on Wednesday evening. The Oisin’s youngster went for the goal with his injury time strike, wanting to be doubly sure of the win, but Oisin Mulholland in the St Pat’s goal was equal to it and turned it over for a point. However it turned out to be enough for victory as the St Killian’s side held on for victory.
Five minutes into the game a Garron Tower win looked highly unlikely as the Maghera boys flew from the traps and were 1-3 to 0-0 in front, the goal coming from full-forward Fionn Carton and the points from Ruairi Biggs and Rory Boyle
However the north Antrim school began to edge their way back into the game and with McIntosh firing over three points from frees, and grabbing a great solo goal just before the interval, they cut the lead back to a single point.
Canice McIntosh was their only scorer in the half, pointing three frees before adding a brilliant solo goal right on the half time whistle.
It was St Killian’s who were quickest from the traps in the second half and a great goal from Cadhan Scullion saw them hit the front for the first time. When Scullion grabbed his second soon afterward the Tower boys were in charge, but a brilliant goal by St Pat’s Ruairi Biggs brought his team back into contention.
The tension was palpable when Pádraig OKane brought St Pat’s level with a pointed 65, and it looked like it could go either way. However Canice McIntosh sealed the win for St Killian’s, despite the gallant efforts of Oisin Mulholland in the Maghera goal
Maghera : O Mulholland, O Doherty, O Burke, D O’Neill, S O’Kane, M McMaster, P O’Kane 0-2 (f), C Canning, D McCloskey, C McFlynn, D Hassan, R Biggs 1-1, R Collins 0-1, F Carton 1-1 R Boyle 0-1
Subs: PJ Glover 0-1 for D Hasson, C Bradley for D ONeill, U McCloskey for C McFlynn
St Killian’s: S Coulter, N Rodgers, P Morgan, A McAllister, C McLoughlin, Conor McCann, C O’Neill, L McQuillan, D McNaughton, C Scullion 2-0, N McLaughlin, C McIntosh 1-5 (0-3f, 0-1 pen), O Gillan, C McCambridge, Ciaran McCann