McNaughton fires the Tower to victory

Danske Bank MacNamee Cup quarter-final

St Killian’s 7-7 St Louis Ballymena 3-5

CONLETH McNaughton was the star of the derby quarter-final in the Danske Bank MacNamee Cup yesterday afternoon in Ballymena, scoring five goals as the teams battled hard in driving rain.

Two of those goals came in the opening half with PJ Molloy responding for St Louis. But St Killian’s led by 3-4 to 1-4 at the interval, their third goal coming from Cormac McMullan.

Despite another goal from Molloy and one from Jack McQuillan, St Killian’s kept pulling away from the home team with McNaughton completing a second half hat-trick of goals.

St Killian’s will now face St Patrick’s Maghera in the semi-final while the last of the quarter-finals, Our Lady’s & St Patrick’s Knock v St Mary’s CBGS Belfast, takes place this (Thursday) afternoon with the winner from that lined up to play Cross & Passion Ballycastle in the semis.

St Killian’s: C McNaughton 5-1, D Ward 1-1, C McMullan 1-0, C McGarrell 0-3, C Graham 0-2

St Louis: PJ Molloy 2-2, J McQuillan 1-2, E McGuckian 0-1

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