McCurry goal sends Tower on way to victory

Corn Uan Uladh Group game

St Killian’s Garron Tower 2-8 St Patrick’s Maghera 0-4

St Killian’s Garron Tower won their second game in the Ulster Schools’ senior camogie championship, doing enough in the first half in Quinn Park Ballymena to pull clear of a Maghera side that enjoyed a 4-9 to 0-4 win over CPC last week.

Indeed Maghera failed to score during the second half when the diagonal breeze favoured the Tower. But the Derry school fielded without any of the players who won Corn Eimhear last Friday with a runaway win over CPC.

It will be a huge surprise if up to half a dozen of the younger squad are not pushing through when the semi-finals are played after Christmas.

St Killian’s did the spade work in the first half when they worked very hard in defence and grabbed scores at key points.

Monique OBoyle’s movement at full forward opened gaps and she was able to hit the target on three occasions with Orlaith McCurry grabbing a goal that gave the Tower a huge lift.

Maghera were always under pressure in possession, but they will still be very disappointed with just two points from play – one for Bellaghy’s Orlaith Hull who was featuring at midfield and Creggan’s Eavanne Martin at centre half-back.

St Killian’s turned around with a lead of 1-5 to 0-4 and they pushed on immediately with points from Cara OBoyle and an Orlaith McAlister free.

Maghera kept working hard to get ball into their forwards but Abi McNeill, Laura Black and Aisling Mulholland returned it with interest and the final result was never in doubt after several Tower forwards had goal efforts blocked before Monique OBoyle laid off a pass for Orlaith McAlister to lift the net.

The Tower have a derby tie with CPC next week, while Maghera will play St Louis Ballymena.

St Killian’s: Louise Mulholland, Maeve McAlister, Eimhear McMullan, Úna McAlister, Aisling Mulholland, Abi McNeill, Laura Black, Cara McAuley 0-2, Lára Haughey, Kady McNeill, Orlaith McAlister 1-2 (0-2 fs) Ellie Jo Butler 0-1, Niamh Graham, Monique OBoyle 0-3, Orlaith McCurry 1-0

Subs: Eimear Butler for K McNeill, Rhianna Black for N Graham, Erin McCambridge for M McAlister

St Patrick’s: Maria Hughes, Michaela Doherty, Eimear Doherty, Nicole Cassidy, Ellen McCormick, Evanne Martin 0-1, Erin Kelly, Orlaith Hull 0-1, Cara Donnelly, Roisin Bryson, Carla Collins 0-2 (fs), Louise Hassan, Katie Marie Griffin,  Cara Mc Closkey and Annie Madden

Subs: Eimear Murray for R Bryson, Eva McEldowney for E Martin, Kaitlyn McNally for C McCloskey

Referee: Owen Elliott

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