Hurling & Camogie

St Patrick’s, Maghera and St Killian’s, Garron Tower set up Corn Uan Uladh final repeat

The Derry side continued the defence of their title with a comfortable semi-final win

SCHOOLS CAMOGIE Player-of-the-match Carla Collins is challenged by CPC's Tara McAfee and Shannagh Heggarty (right) during the Corn Uan Uladh semi-final in Portglenone Picture by Bert Trowlan

Corn Uan Uladh semi-finals

St Patrick’s. Maghera 0-15 Cross & Passion, Ballycastle 0-9

SEVEN points in the first half in Portglenone from Carla Collins helped take holders Maghera one step closer to their 19th title.

They led by 0-10 to 0-4 at half-time, but it was only during the second quarter that they opened a gap on Cross & Passion, Ballycastle.

Janey McIntosh tied the teams on 0-3 each after 17 minutes before Maghera took off with a point from Eimear Doherty followed by five from Collins and a second for corner-forward Eavann Convery.

A point from Eobha McAlister on the re-start got CPC back into the game and they fought hard to remain in contention, matching Maghera’s intensity and picking off some nice points along the way.

However, Maghera remained in control and Collins took her tally to nine close to the end.

St Killian’s, Garron Tower 1-6 St Louis Ballymena 0-3

This game was played in very difficult conditions in Ballymena and the scoreline reflects that.

Points from Kady McNeill, Eva McNeill (free) and two from Cara O’Boyle had the Tower four up at the end of the first quarter. But there was just a point each to record from then until half-time, both of them from frees landed by Eva McNeill and Anna McKillop.

A goal from Orlaith McAlister in the 41st minute left it very difficult for St Louis to get back into the game.

However, they fought hard with Erin Coulter’s driving solo runs causing some problems for St Killian’s, who will now hope to go one better than their first final last January, when they lost by 1-11 to 0-4 to Maghera.

THREE goals from Fiona Henderson and one from Alannah McKay helped Assumption, Ballynahinch to a 4-9 to 1-9 victory over Loreto, Coleraine in a final group game in the Senior Medallion Shield. They now face Sacred Heart, Newry in the semi-final, with St Malachy’s, Castlewellan and St Conor’s, Kilrea/Clady meeting this Friday in the other.