St Killian’s 3-12 Edmund Rice Glengormley 1-8
ST KILLIAN’s Garron Tower are back in the Danske Bank Faul Cup final four years on from their only win in the competition, after a strong second half at the Valley Leisure Centre on Thursday against Edmund Rice College, Glengromley.
Edmund Rice had defeated the north Antrim side in the league stages before Halloween and looked the more co-ordinated team in the opening half, although they relied very heavily on Odhran Johnstone for scores.
The centre-forward hit five of their six first half points and the teams were tied on 0-6 each at the break.
St Killian’s played in fits and burst during that opening half, with Ronan Donnelly and Eoin Hynds scoring two points each and they failed to score at all during the second quarter.
The Tower however bossed the third quarter with midfielders Conleth O’Loan and James Morgan taking control. Defence was not tested as much as in the opening half, but they also were more composed in possession. Up front Eoin Hynds, Sean Paul McKenna, Finlay Walker and Ronan Donnelly at full-forward caused the Glengormley defence a lot of headaches.
Full back Joseph Craig, coped well with Donnelly’s physical presence but any broken ball was hoovered up by the other St Killian’s forwards.
At midfield Oliver Breen and Ciaran Toner worked hard for the losers, but they were well closed down after the break and couldn’t get quality ball to Johnstone or Downey as they had in the opening half.
Conleth O’Loan set the tone for the second half with an early point, quickly followed by a scorcher from Eoin Hynds that went inches over the crossbar.
Hynds then punished fouls from the Edmund Rice defence with three more points in succession before Kieran Mulvenna picked up his own rebound off a terrific save from Jonah Magill and passed the ball into the net.
Ronan Donnelly and James Morgan quickly added two further goals and the game was over. Glengormley’s reply did not come until a couple of minutes from time when Eoin McNicholl got inside the Garron Tower cover and beat Caolan Morgan..
St Killian’s now play De La Salle Downpatrick, who defeated Lumen Christi in the first semi-final last week. That game is likely to take place next week at a Belfast venue.
St Killian’s : Caolan Morgan, Declan McAuley, Peter McLoughlin, Francis McCurry, Michael McDonnell, Aidan McKenna, Caolan O’Connor, Conleth O’Loan (Capt) 0-1, James Morgan 1-1, Sean Paul McKenna , Finlay Walker 0-1, Eoin Hynds 0-6, Kieran Mulvenna 1-0, Ronan Donnelly 1-2, Sean McKay 0-1
Subs : Conor Martin for F McCurry, Ruairi McAuley for C O’Loan, Thomas Scally for R Donnelly, Paul McMullan for C O’Connor, Conor Higgins for D McAuley.
Subs not used : Murray Emerson, James Black, Senan Black, Ed McQuillan, Callum O'Loan, Adam McAllister, Ronan McAuley, Gerard Scullion, Christopher Mulvenna
Edmund Rice: Jonah Magill, Aaron Thompson, Joseph Craig, Ruairi McFadden, Caolan Hunter, Eoin Murphy, Aodhain Casey, Oliver Breen, Ciaran Toner, Ryan Maxwell, Odhrán Johnstone 0-7, Patrick Downey 0-1, Shay O’Neill, Jack McAlinden, Eoin McNicholl 1-0.