St Killian’s book their place in senior final for the first time

Corn Uan Uladh semi-final

St Killian’s Garron Tower 3-9 Cross & Passion Ballycastle 0-7

St Killian’s College Garron Tower booked their place in the final of the Corn Uan Uladh when they beat Cross & Passion Ballycastle in Saturday’s semi-final in Cushendun.

Facing the wind in the opening half the Tower girls appeared to be up against it but a well taken goal midway through the half by full forward Monique O’Boyle gave them a great boost, and a second goal before half time put them firmly in the driving seat going in at the break.

With the breeze at their backs CPC dominated possession early on and were two to the good before O’Boyle’s goal, which finished off a well worked move by the Tower team.

Shannagh Heggarty pointed from a free to level matters and Aoibhe McAlister quickly edged the Convent in front, but despite having plenty of possession they could not raise another flag for the remainder of the half and when Monique O’Boyle got St Killian’s second goal before the break they went in at the break in a very strong position.

Lára Haughey increased the Tower lead after the restart and though Shannagh Heggarty cancelled that out at the other end St Killian’s were getting on top and the excellent Cara O’Boyle was creating opportunities up front with her driving runs. The midfielder pushed her team further ahead when she finished well off her left side and followed up with two more top class scores from play.

Janey McIntosh kept CPC hopes alive with a well taken point, but the Tower were firmly on top by this stage and a late Niamh Graham goal put the seal on a fine win.

An historic win for St Killian’s as the qualify for their first ever final at Senior level and they will go forward to face the winners of Monday’s second semi-final between St Pat’s Maghera and St Louis Ballymena, which will be played at Ahoghill at 6pm.

St Killian’s: Louise Mulholland, Erin McCambridge, Catherine O’Boyle, Eimhear McMullan, Aisling Mulholland, Abi McNeill, Laura Black, Cara O’Boyle (0-3), Lára Haughey (0-6, frees), Kady McNeill, Orlaith McAlister (1-0), Ellie Jo Butler, Orlaith McCurry, Monique O’Boyle (1-0), Clodagh McPeake

Subs: Eimear Butler for K McNeill (HT), Niamh Graham (1-0) for O McCurry (41).

Cross & Passion: Erin O’Hara, Danielle McQuillan, Katie Glackin, Orla McIlroy, Noelle McAuley, Fay McIntosh, Aoibhinn Gillan, Aoibheann Donnelly, Shannagh Heggarty (0-4, frees), Janey McIntosh (0-1), Tara McAfee, Elen McIntosh, Shannagh Deery, Emer McKinley (0-1), Aoibhe McAlister (0-1).

Sub: Mary McArthur for E McKinley (28).

Referee: Owen Elliott

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