Danske Bank Gallagher Cup final
Cross & Passion Ballycastle 4-12 St Killian’s Garron Tower 2-5
Two goals from full forward Conor Anderson and one each from Logan McConville and Ruairí McGilligan guided CPC to the Gallagher Cup title at Cushendun on Saturday afternoon as they beat north Antrim rivals St Killian’s with a bit to spare.
Anderson was involved in the opening goal as well as his initial shot was saved by Coulter in the St Killian’s goal and McConville drilled home the rebound. Anderson got the first of his two in the ninth minute as the Ballycastle school raced to a 2-6 to 0-4 half time lead. Goal number three came ten minutes into the second half when Anderson took advantage of a fumble in the Tower defence to kick the ball over the line and it was clear at this stage there was no way back for St Killian’s.
St Killian’s, who had staged a great fightback to beat St Pat’s Maghera in the semi-final earlier in the week, never gave up the fight and when Canice McIntosh got his team’s second goal from a penalty there was a glimmer of hope, but the door was firmly shut in their face when CPC grabbed their fourth goal through Ruairí McGilligan, who cut in a long the endline and fired home off the stick of goalkeeper Coulter.
It took a while for both teams to settle, but it was clear from the early stages that CPC’s physicality would cause problems for the Tower team. The early goals gave the Convent a great platform and though Canice McIntosh and Cahir McCambridge kept their team in touch with two points each, CPC were 2-6 to 0-4 at the break, four of their points coming from their excellent centre forward Oisin McCallin.
The lead was out to eleven points early in the second half as Oisin Connolly, Conan Johnston and Liam McGarry popped over points, but St Killian’s came back with a goal from substitute Niall McKeown and a Canice McIntosh point. Anderson’s second goal was a real body blow but the Tower kept hanging on, and when Canice McIntosh placed his penalty low to the corner of the CPC net there was a glimpse of hope. However that hope evaporated when McGilligan grabbed goal number four, and though the Tower deserve great credit for the way they battled, there was no way back.
Cross & Passion : C Magee, E McKendry, E Johnston, D Henry, R McQuaid, L Magee, P McCaughan, O Connolly 0-1, R McGilligan 1-1, C Johnston 0-2, O McCallin 0-6 (5f), C Crawford 0-1, L McConville, C Anderson 3-0, L McGarry 0-1
Subs: R McShane for C Crawford, L Connolly for L McGarry.
St Killian’s: S Coulter, N Rodgers, P Morgan, C McAllister, C McLoughlin, Conor McCann, D McNaughton, L McQuillan, S McQuillan, C Scullion, N McLaughlin, C McIntosh 1-3 (1-0 pen, 2f), O Gillan, C McCambridge 0-2, Ciaran McCann
Subs: N McKeown 1-0 for L McQuillan, A McAllister for P Morgan, D McManus for Ciaran McCann
Referee : Brendan Toland (Lámh Dhearg)