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St Louis reach MacLarnon final
St Louis Kilkeel 2-13 St Patrick’s Downpatrick 1-9
A goal and two points up after just 4 minutes play, St Louis Kilkeel knew they were on course to reach the Danske Bank MacLarnon Cup final for only the second time, and they kept their Red High opponents at arms’ length for the rest of an excellent game of attacking football.
James Reilly’s goal gave Kilkeel the perfect start and they quickly built on it with Tomas McInerney and Jonathon Connolly pushing forward, and Ronan McAlinden perhaps just shading an excellent midfield battle with Bryansford’s Ruairi Wells.
Downpatrick’s dependence on Conor McGrady for scores was flagged up going into the game. He claimed 7 this time, one short of his quarter-final total, but Kilkeel’s defence can take some credit for how well they dealt with him.
There was a huge crowd in attendance and they got plenty of entertaining football to enjoy, although the Lecale side never got closer than 2 points to their Mourne neighbours.
Conor McGrady fired over 3 points in response to Kikeel’s great start and it brought Downpatrick back into the game, but points from Ronan McAlinden and Piaras Kane left a gap of 1-6 to 0-4 at the break.
On the re-start McGrady’s trusty boot kept Downpatrick in touch, but points from McAlinden, Young, Reilly, Connolly and Kane opened a 1-11 to 0-8 lead by the 50th minute.
The game seemed to be slipping away from the Red High, but they responded with a goal. Ruairi Wells was fouled after a superb catch from a kick-out. His quick ball found Philip Martin who committed the goalie and set up sub Owen McAvoy.
A point from McGrady and the gap was now just two points. But James Reilly hit back with a point and in the 58th minute a great move upfield involving Tomas McInerney and Jonathon Connolly opened the way for Piaras Kane to fire high into the Downpatrick net.
McAlinden added his sixth point to put the icing on the Kilkeel cake.
Perhaps the 7 points gap flatters the winners a little, but they did lead from the first minute until the final whistle, and responded each time Downpatrick hit a good patch.
They could well make it two victories from two final appearances, when they face St Michael’s Lurgan next month.
St Louis Kilkeel : Caolan Magee, Ryan Spiers, Sean Gallagher, Shane Sloan, Con Rooney, Tomas McInerney, Jonathan Connolly 0-1, Ronan McAlinden 0-6, 0-3 frees, Kory Colgan, JP Farrell, James Reilly 1-3, Daithi Young 0-1, Piaras Kane 1-2, Gareth McDowell, Ciaran McKay
Subs : John O’Rourke For D Young (52), Aaron Darcy fo R Spiers (57), Kevin Sloan for S Sloan (58)
St Patrick’s Downpatrick : Rory Bryce, Calum Mahoney, Sean Cochrane, Daniel McCarron, Ryan Murdock, Anthony Doherty, Peter Cochrane, Ruari Wells, Philip Martin, David McComiskey, Declan Corrigan, Aaron McClements 0-1, Shane Murray 0-1, Conor McGrady 0-7, 0-4 frees, Ciaran Harney.
Subs : Sean O’Reilly for C Harney (ht), Johnny Bell for D Corrigan (ht), Owen McAvoy 1-0 forS Murray(47), Aidan Fagan for C Mahoney (55).
News report courtesy of Ulster Colleges GAA.
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|Submited On:||27/02/2013||Posted On:||27/02/2013||Expires On:||27/02/2014|