Dominant St Killian’s into semi-final

Danske Bank Mageean Cup quarter-final

St Killian’s Garron Tower 7-25 Our Lady’s & St Patrick’s Knock 0-5

St Killian’s cruised to a facile win over Our Lady’s & St Patrick’s Knock in Wednesday’s Mageean Cup quarter final at Quinn Park, Ballymena.

The opening quarter saw the Tower move 1-6 to 0-1 ahead despite shooting some really bad wides, and though Knock created a couple of good chances themselves they were denied by John V Morgan in the St Killian’s goals who made two good stops.

A minute’s silence was observed before the game in memory of former Knock teacher Frankie Wilson who died recently

The opening goal of the game came from Brogan O’Connor in the sixth minute after being set up by Niall Hynds, while goals two and three came in quick succession with Oisín Woodhouse taking advantage of a stray poc-out in the 22nd minute while Hynds set up Brogan O’Connor for goal number three da minute later.

By half time, St Killian’s, were 3-11 to 0-3 to the good, despite the fact that their wides count was now out to 11.

Within five minutes of the restart the Tower were 5-13 to 0-3 clear with Hynds grabbing his first goal and Joe McLaughlin adding his name to the list.

The highlight of the second half was a full length diving save from John V Morgan in the Tower goal to turn away a great low shot from Knock’s Shea Pucci. Knock’s chances were limited after that and despite introducing a series of subs the Tower’s total dominance continued. The other two goals came late in the half with Hynds and McLaughlin each bagging a second. The win sets Garron Tower up for a semi-final meeting with north Antrim rivals CPC.

 St Killian’s: John V Morgan, Eamonn Ward 0-1, Mark McSparran, Callagh Mooney, Killian McNaughton, Niall Magee 0-2 (1f), Cailin Devlin, Patrick McIlwaine, Austin Birt, Cormac McKeown 0-3, Joseph McLaughlin 2-7 (0-4 f), Orrin O’Connor 0-4, Oisin Woodhouse 1-0, Brogan O’Connor 2-6 (0-1f), Niall Hynds 2-0

Subs: C Ward for E Ward (38), C McIlwaine 0-1 for O Woodhouse (38), A McSparran for A Birt (41), C Graham for C Mooney (44), R Leech for J McLaughlin (54)

Knock: Sean McCollum, Manus Gilmore, Conor Corcoran, Odhran Birt, Rory Taggart, Rory McCamphill, Shea Doran, Eoin Kelly 0-3 (fs), Luke Doran 0-1, Frank Kane, Oran Teague, Rónán Donnelly, Ben Teggart 0-1, Shea Pucci, Liam Blaney

Subs: Ethan McCarthy for R McCamphill (HT), Odhran McAteer for O Birt (50), Odhran McGurk for L Doran (50)

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