Aquinas Grammar v St   Louis Ballymena

Aquinas 1-8, St   Louis 0-11.  This was a game of two halves due to the huge wind that was blowing in Mallusk.  St Louis had the wind in the first half and scored some fantastic points from 30 to 40 yards out.  Aquinas played a sweeper system with Donal McKeever and Jack McGrath dropping into defence to protect the goals.  Although this worked St Louis still scored some wonderful points.  0-10 to 0-0 at half time.

Aquinas did not panic and played some controlled football with the wind.  Donal O’Kane was introduced for Cormac Hannan, Dominic McConville came on for Jack McGrath, Thomas Gallen came on for Niall Kelly and Vittorio Angelone came on for the injured Eoin Doherty.  Aquinas played some very smart football with Donal McKeever scoring 5 points from midfield, Donal O,Kane scoring 1-2 and James Lawlor scoring a brilliant point at a key moment of the game.

This is the first time Aquinas Grammar has secured any points in MacLarnon football, this is the first time in five years Aquinas has played at this level.  Everyone in the team should be congratulated for their efforts.  Next up is a local derby against Rathmore.

P Evans


Aquinas v Rathmore 3.7 – 3.10

Jack McGrath 1.1, Owen Doherty 1.0, Donal McKeever 1.3, Donal O’Kane 0.1, Michael Robinson, James Lawlor 0.1

This was a very tight game which Aquinas, with a bit of luck, should have won.  There was a big wind which Aquinas did not take full advantage of in the first half.  Aquinas also lost their key midfielder to injury just before half time which did not help.  Despite this Aquinas played superbly against the wind in the second half with some great possession football, but unfortunately a late goal for Rathmore sealed the deal.


Aquinas v Castleblaney 1.4 -2.9

Jack McGrath 1.0, Donal O’Kane 0.2, Donal McKeever 0.1, James Lawlor 0.1

Aquinas led for three quarters of this game, playing some excellent counter attacking possession football against a very strong Castleblaney who are fancied to very well in the entire competition.  Unfortunately Aquinas ran out of steam in the final 10 minutes due to having played Rathmore the previous day because of fixture congestion.  The final score in this game does not reflect the quality of performance displayed by Aquinas who were again missing their star midfielder Joe Shields.


Aquinas v La Salle 0.8 – 0.13

Donal McKeever 0.5 (4f), Michael Robinson 0.1, Dominic McConville 0.1, James Lawlor 0.1

Aquinas played La Salle in Cherryvale and unfortunately did not reach the intensity of the first three games.  La Salle were impressive with their centre full forward proving a real handful.  Whilst Aquinas’ tackling was again excellent, it was the wastage in possession on the small pitch that cost Aquinas dearly in this match.


Despite only picking up a point in the group stages of the MacLarnon Cup the Aquinas players proved they are more than capable of competing at this standard and should be congratulated for their performances, heart and courage in these games.  The school is heartened by their efforts and also their team spirit and loyalty to their school and each other.