Rampant Donnelly powers Castle to semi-final

Reserve Hurling Championship

St. John’s 0-11 Ballycastle 4-26

Goals from Lorcan Donnelly in the 8th minute and another from the penalty spot from the same player in the 26th minute of the opening half paved the way for a one sided victory for McQuillan’s Ballycastle over St. John’s in the Reserve Hurling Championship at Corrigan Park last night.

Donnelly was in devastating scoring form and finished with 2-6 to his name in a Ballycastle side who were in control from early in the game and went on to build a commanding 2-17 to 0-6 lead with Michael Dallat 0-2, Fearghal McKiernan 0-5, Callin O’Connor 0-3, Cathal Connor, Cian Waldron 0-2 and Callum Campbell all on target for the North Antrim men.

St. John’s struggled to contain a lively visitor’s side and found scores hard come by as the Ballycastle defence gave nothing away despite the best efforts of Conor Hand who hit five of his side’s first half scores with the other coming from Gerard Cunningham.

Things didn’t get any better for the home side in the second half as the McQuillan’s continued to dominate though they did edge the exchanges during the third quarter but never looked like getting the goals they needed to effect the result.

Indeed it was Ballycastle who struck the next goal when Reuben McClean drilled home a 20 meter free and substitute Tiarnan Heggarty followed with another when he reacted quickest to a rebound in the 11th minute to return the sliotar to the net.

Conor Hand with a great point in the 5th minute and a couple of pointed frees from Niall McCallin increased the home side’s total but Ballycastle were always able to react, hitting six of the next seven points through Lorcan Donnelly 0-3, Callum Campbell, Callin O’Connor and Oisin Donnelly with the St. John’s reply coming from a Niall McCallin free.

The visitors continued to dominate going down the home straight, dominating the final quarter with the impressive Lorcan Donnelly and Cian Waldron concluding the scoring with late points and Stephan Hughes getting a late consolation point for St. John’s.

McQuillan’s will now meet Ruairi Og, Cushendall in the semi-final on Monday 29th August while Loughgiel face Rossa in the other semi-final on the same date and at the same time.

St. John’s: 1 Declan Cregan, 2 Matthew Mallon, 3 Joe Hand, 4 Darragh McCallin, 5 Louis Boyd, 6 Stephen Tierney, 7 Lorcan Heenan, 18 Stephan Hughes, 17 Michael Darragh, 10 Conor Hand, 11 Gerard Cunningham, 12 Jim Peoples, 13 David Robinson, 14 Niall McCallin, 15 Damien Fitzsimmons

Ballycastle: 1 Criostai McAuley, 2 Conal Colgan, 3 James Bakewell, 4 Oisin McAuley, 5 Rian Cook, 6 Mark McClean, 7 Jack McGowan, 8 Cian Waldron, 9 Reuben McClean, 10 Cathal Connor, 11 Michael Dallat, 12 Fearghal McKiernan, 13 Callum Campbell, 14 Callin O’Connor, 15 Lorcan Donnelly

Referee: Paul McDonnell

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