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St. Josephs Through To Mac Larnon Cup Final
St Joseph’s Donaghmore 1-12 St Louis Ballymena 0-5
St Joseph’s Donaghmore enjoyed a very comfortable win over St Louis Ballymena in the MacLarnon Cup semi-final played at Slaughtneil on Saturday afternoon.
The Tyrone school led at the break by 1-6 to a single point and were good value for that lead. Indeed had they been more ruthless in front of the posts the margin could have been even greater. St Louis’ solitary first half score came from a Shea Ó Broin free. When St Louis did manage to break the gain line they found their opponents in uncompromising mood and forced numerous turnovers in the tackle.
Noah Grimes and Ó Broin swopped points early in the game and with twelve minutes on the clock the diminutive Grimes hit the net for Donaghmore. Conor O’Neill received the ball from a forty five and drove through the middle of the Ballymena defence before off loading to Grimes who finished with aplomb.
Grimes and Dara Donaghy added points and Donaghmore gradually pulled away despite their profligacy at times.
Ronan Molloy stretched the lead with three frees and one from play while Ó Broin converted a brace of frees and St Louis were 1-11 to 0-3 down after 45 minutes.
St Louis’ added two further points during the closing minutes but by that time the game as a contest was well and truly beyond them. Donaghmore are now through to meet Rathmore Grammar in the final the second weekend of February.
St Joseph’s: Leo Quinn, Jude McNally, Ben Hughes, Darragh Donaghy, James Rafferty, Joey Clarke, Conor O’Neill, Shane Scullion, John McKenna, Leo Hughes, Noah Grimes, MJ Mansell, Cormac Drayne, Mattie McNally, Ronan Molloy.
Subs: Eoghan O’Neill for Drayne (41),