CPC win All Ireland B sevens on a great day for Ulster colleges

44146405_1862657963852694_7638725655219142656_nUlster Schools’ Camogie Council President Sr Máiréad Fearon pictured with the three Ulster representatives at the All-Ireland Schools’ Sevens competition in Dublin yesterday (WEDNESDAY). All three schools reached their respective All-Ireland finals

Our Lady’s and St Patrick’s Knock playing in the A Grade for the first time defeated Ursuline’s Thurles and Presentation Athenry to set up a final with defending champions Presentation Kilkenny.

In a tremendous final that went score for score Knock led by four points, 3-10 to 4-3 with time running out. However Kilkenny hit back with a point and then a goal in added time. From the poc out, they were awarded a dubious free and that was the decisive score with no time for Knock to recover.

Better news in the B Grade where Cross and Passion Ballycastle collected the title with a 5-6 to 5-4 victory in the final over defending champions St Mary’s Nenagh.

Meanwhile in the C grade St Patrick Keady were edged out in their final by St Mary’s Fermoy after a tremendous battle that went to the final whistle

Carr and O’Duifin drive St. Mary’s onto first ever colleges win

Danske Bank Arthur Cup 

Lismore Comprehensive College 1-11-3-08 St. Mary’s CBGS 

By Kevin Herron 

St. Mary’s CBGS current Year 12 Gaelic team claimed their first Ulster colleges victory ever with a 3-08-1-11 win over Lismore Comprehensive College in Lurgan this afternoon. 

Trailing by four points at the break it appeared as though the Glen Road side were going to experience that familiar feeling of defeat – though seven-point swing in the second-half finally saw St. Mary’s CBGS claim that elusive win at Ulster colleges level. 

CJ Sullivan edged the visitors ahead inside of two minutes – though Lismore seized control early on and followed up an equalising point with a converted free to edge ahead. 

A hosts then added a goal to go 1-02-0-01 ahead – though St. Mary’s CBGS captain 

Liam Carr powerfully rifled to the net to give his side a lifeline. 

It spurred the Glen Road side on and after Dylan Magee and Daire Murphy combined well in midfield Caolan O’Duifin was slipped through on the left wing and O’Duifin advanced before cooly side footing to the net to edge his side 2-01-1-02 in front. 

Lismore responded to their set-back emphatically and outscored St. Mary’s 0-07-0-01 in the remainder of the opening half – Liam Carr converted a free for his sides only score in that period as the Glen Road side trailed 1-09-2-02 at the interval. 

Playing with the wind advantage in the second period St. Mary’s set about finding a route back into proceedings. 

The industrious and hard working Michael McDaid conjured up the opening point of the second-half with a fine curling effort having manoeuvred his way through a packed Lismore defence. 

The Craigavon side played the patience game with possession and attempted to lure St. Mary’s out of shape in order to increase their tally, however Eoin Trainor, Conall McCabe and Barra McCaffrey helped get their side on the front foot – forcing turnovers that led to scores through confident captain Carr. 

With little under ten minutes to play Carr edged his side 2-07-1-09 ahead – Lismore refused to panic though and levelled through their sharp shooting half-forward whose accuracy from the placed ball was excellent all afternoon. 

The hard working St. Mary’s full back line of Patrick Moyes, Ben McCauley and Anton McLaughlin were marshalled well by shot stopper Paul McLaughlin and determined to leave with the two-points the Glen Road side regained the lead with two minutes to play through Carr who took his personal tally to 1-06. 

It looked as the though the points would be shared though as Lismore’s number eleven converted his third free of the half to draw level at 2-08-1-11. 

But as the game moved into injury-time St. Mary’s CBGS clinched the spoils – a delicious and delicate pass from substitute Jay Burns was gathered by Caolan O’Duifin and the St Paul’s wing-half forward advanced and cooly slotted beneath the Lismore goalkeeper and into the net for his second goal of the afternoon. 

Lismore pushed for a late leveller but saw a late goal chance loop wide of the target as St. Mary’s CBGS Year 12s held out for their first Ulster colleges win as a year group and will take confidence into their remaining group games. 

St Pat’s set up semi-final meeting with St Louis

Danske Bank Mageean Cup quarter-final

St Patrick’s Maghera 3-13 St Mary’s CBGS Belfast 2-14

Holders St Patrick’s Maghera came from four points down at the break in Ballymena yesterday to maintain an interest in this season’s Danske Bank Mageean Cup after a game that was remarkable for the stats Maghera produced.

Only two Maghera players scored – their two survivors from last year’s final, Fintan Bradley and Tiarnán McHugh – and all 13 points came from placed balls.

But it was not a flawless performance on frees from Bradley as, with his team two points ahead and nine minutes left on the clock, he blasted a penalty wide and then scuffed an easy 30 metres free a minute later.

The Swatragh forward however atoned for those transgressions before St Mary’s could add to their total when he followed through on a shot from McHugh that was blocked on the goal-line and Bradley forced the sliotar home from close range.

This was an exciting cup-tie but St Mary’s will rue the indiscipline that handed frees to Bradley and ultimately cost them a semi-final spot. Caolan McKernan and Cormac McGettigan hurled well in defence and Daire Murphy and free-taker Aaron Bradley performed well up front.

Aaron Bradley took a pass from Murphy to blast the opening goal and St Mary’s were 1-4 to 0-2 up before Maghera put any real pressure on their defence.

McHugh blasted a 14th minute goal and they got back to 1-4 to 1-3 before St Mary’s pulled away again. Helped by a 26th minute goal from Murphy, when Caolan Slack found him with a neat reverse pass, St Mary’s turned over ahead by 2-8 to 1-7.

12Tiernan McHugh celebrates after scoring St Patrick’s second goal. Pic by John McIlwaine

With the breeze at his back, Fintan Bradley kept the score-board moving with some fine long frees, and McHugh fired in a second goal to put his team 2-13 to 2-11 ahead entering the last 10 minutes.

Fintan Bradley was then centre-stage for a few minutes eventually pushing his side into a five points’ lead before two late points from Aaron Bradley frees and another from Eoghan McMenamin made for an exciting finish.

But Maghera had done enough to get over the line and they will now play St Louis Ballymena in the semi-final, while An Dún’s win on Monday sets up a semi-final pairing with Cross and Passion Ballycastle.10

St Patrick’s : Daniel Glass, Barry Walsh, Eoin McCusker, JP McGuigan, Ryan McPeake, Daniel McCartney, Oran Downey, Seamus McKenna, John Mellon, Fintan Bradley (1-13, 0-13 frees), Darragh Simpson, Michael McCormick, Sean Thomas McErlean, Tiernan McHugh (2-0), Cahan O’Neill.

St Mary’s : Connor Flannery, Eoin May, Gary McIllhatton, Liam McCluskey, Cormac McGettigan, Caolan McKernan, Daniel Churchill (0-1), Dannan McKeogh, Sean Maguire, Caolan Ó Duifín, Eoghan McMenamin (0-3), Caolan Crossan, Daire Murphy (1-2), Caolan Slack, Aaron Bradley (1-8, 0-8 frees)

Subs : Ronan Crossan for S Maguire, Ruairi Murray for E May, Eoin Trainor for C Ó Duifín

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St Killian’s Mageean Cup hopes ended by An Dún

19Danske Bank Mageean Cup quarter-final

An Dún 2-19 St Killian’s Garron Tower 2-11

A slick moving An Dún side booked their place in the semi-final of the Mageean Cup with an eight point win over St Killian’s in Monday’s quarter final at Hightown. Goals on either side of half time were the scores that really sealed the game for the Down combination side, Pádraig Dorrian grabbing the first three minutes before the break and Ronan Blair put the nail in the St Killian’s coffin just after the restart with a fine individual goal.

Overall this was a polished display by the Down boys, their first touch and skill level most impressive and they must now be regarded as real contenders to go all the way. All six forwards scored with full forward Ronan Blair bagging a goal and eight points in a highly impressive individual display.

Ciaran Magill got the first score of the game to put St Killian’s ahead but An Dun hit back strongly to hit six without reply, some excellent scores from all over the field. St Killian’s Caolan O’Connor battled hard to keep his team in contention with some great scores of his own and when he fired in a great indivdual goal the gap was back to a single point, but the Down side hit back with two points and Dorrain’s goal before the break had them seven clear at the break.

When Blair got his goal just after the restart the only real thing in question was the size of the winning margin, but to their credit St Killian’s kept plugging away. The defence tightened up after the goal and restricted the An Dún scoring well. There was a glimmer of hope when Sean McKay pulled a goal back near the end but the Down side weren’t going to be caught as they secured a semi-final spot later this week.

An Dún : Cathal Lavery, Imran Hussain, Matt McAreavey, Aodhan Furlong, John Hughes, Ciaran Watson, Sean Campbell, Sean Hughes, Phelim Savage 0-2, Niall McParland 0-1, Stuart Martin 0-3, Caolan Coulter 0-1, , Padraig Dorrian 1-1, Ronan Blair 1-8, 0-4 frees, Tim Prentor 0-3.21

Subs : Francis Caldwell for T Prentor (52), Eoin Magee for C Coulter.

St Killian’s : Colm Mckeegan, Donal Kearney, Alexander McMullan, Liam McLoughlin, Ruairi McCollam, Tomas Scally, Cathal Hynds, Eoin Hynds 0-1, Aidan Ritson, Sean McKay 1-1, Caolan O’Connor 1-5, 0-3 frees, Oliver Kearney 0-1, Ciaran Magill 0-1, Finlay Walker, Fintan McQuillan.

Subs : Pearse McKeegan 0-1 for A Ritson (36), Kieran O’Boyle 0-1 for O Kearney (41), Aidan Scullion for R McCollam (52).

Referee : Brendan Toland (Antrim).

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St Colm’s prove too strong for La Salle in Mallon Shield final


St Colm’s Draperstown 2-12  De La Salle 1-1

La Salle found St Colm’s Draperstown too hot to handle in Wednesday’s Brother Mallon Shield Final in perfect underfoot conditions at Slemsh Park, Ballymena.

Right from the throw-in, the Derry side were in control.  With the breeze at their back Eoin Donnelly led the Draperstown charge, but they were wasteful.

La Salle had an accomplished goalkeeper in Conor Connolly who batted away two dangerous high balls in the opening stages.

Akhmad Soda, Michael Walsh and Tiarnan Auld defended well against the constant pressure with Thomas Duff trying to get the ball past a strong St Colm’s midfield diamond.

The pressure eventually told when Donnelly opened the scoring with a long range point in the sixth minute.

Donnelly turned provider for St Colm’s first goal, with nippy corner forward John Boyle poking to the back of the net.

Joe McKenna, Conan Bradey and Aodhan McCallion kept the pressure on and St Colm’s had 1-6 on the board.

With seven minutes to the break La Salle got their first score.  It was strong defending from Soda and Duff that cut down a St Colm’s attack.  On the breakaway Sean Bunce slotted to the net with a convincing finish, but it was the Derry men who led 1-8 to 1-0 at the break.

La Salle had the breeze and were playing down the hill.  They needed to make the third quarter count, but Aodhan McCallion hit a first St Colm’s score to maintain their momentum.

McCallion added a goal in the sixth minute to put the game out of reach.  Daniel Smyth popped over a free but McCallion, Donnelly and substitute Kieran Hasson added scores as St Colm’s ran out comfortable winners.

La Salle Belfast: Conor Connolly, Akhmad Soda, Michael Walsh, Tiarnan Auld, Ciaran Boyd, Oisin Coleman, Thomas Duff, Pearse McCashin, Daniel Smyth (0-1f), Sean Munce (1-0), Michael Johnston, Liam Walsh, Daniel Walsh, Conal McGuigan, Donall Gray.

Subs: Cormac Austin, Shea Fagan, Aidan McCague, Ciaran McLaughlin, Patrick McClenaghan, Callum Murray, Kieran Greive, Pearse Maguire.

St Colm’s Draperstown: Ben O’Connor, Riain O’Hagan, Eoghan McNicholl, Caolan Fullerton, Kevan Donnelly, Conor Shiels (0-1), Joe McKenna (0-1), Marc Wilson (0-1), Eoin Donnelly (0-3), Jamie Lee McGlade, Aodhan McCallion (1-4, 1f), Conan Bradley (0-1), Conor Boyle, Fergal Bradley, John Boyle (1-0).

Subs: Andrew McBride, Sean Donnelly, Aaron McKenna, Joseph McCullagh, Jack Kelly, James McDaid, Shea McAllister, Ben McWilliams, Lorcan Bradley, Kieran Hasson (0-1), Patrick Higgins, Michael McKenna, Johnny McDaid.

Referee: Fergal Hurley (Derry)

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Pics by John McIlwaine