Football: Semi-final defeats for local schools

Our Lady and St. Patrick’s College had to battle all the way to overcome Monkstown 2-1 in the semi-final of the Maxol Direct Senior Cup this week. The East Antrim side enjoyed the better of the early exchanges at the Ulidia Playing Fields and should have gone ahead after 15 minutes when Jordan Smith was upended by the St. Pat’s goalkeeper. However, the keeper made a brilliant save low to his left to keep out the spot-kick by Ross Waters.

It was to prove to be a costly miss as five minutes later Matthew Colalucca opened the scoring from the penalty spot after he had been brought down in the box.

Tom Grimley put the Knock side further in front, heading home from close range but a stunning 25-yard volley by Robert Francey just before the break gave Monkstown renewed hope.

Near the end Monkstown pressed for an equaliser and Francey was unfortunate to see his lob rebound off the bar and be scrambled away in the last minute.

St Malachy’s College will provide the opposition in the final at the New Grosvenor Stadium on Monday, March 19. They had to come from behind to see off the challenge from Glengormley school, Edmund Rice College.

Kevin McLoughlin opened the scoring for Edmund Rice in the fourth minute with a powerful header but St. Malachy’s drew level 20 minutes later when Eoin Kane shot home from close range.

The winner came midway through the second half when Matthew Mearns netted with a low right foot shot from the edge of the box.