LORETO Milford were ousted from the Danske Bank MacLarnon Cup after a semi-final defeat by St Pius X, Magherafelt last night at Owenbeg.
St Pius X Magherafelt 0-17 Loreto Milford 2-8
Matthew McLaughlin scored a pair of goals to keep the Milford scholars in the game.
The Donegal men still trailed 0-13 to 2-4 but points from Liam McGrenaghan, Ciaran Moore and a Bobby McGettigan equaliser had the game back in the mix again after 55 minutes.
However Darragh Wade slotted over to put St Pius back into the lead and St Pius X remained in command, even after the sending off of Dara Martin – who got a second yellow card haven added two points to his team’s tally.
Joe McElkennon and Conor McAteer added late scores to seal the win.
Ryan Graham, the Milford goalkeeper, made a super save to thwart Shea Coleman midway through the first half.
McLaughlin riffled to the net before half-time to give his side a 1-4 to 0-6 lead.
St Pius X hit seven-in-a-row to take command. McLaughlin’s second three-pointer ignited them somewhat, but they were unable to topple the County Derry men.
St Pius X: Callum Lagan; Matthew Rocks, Conor Devlin, Mark McGeehan; Dara Martin (0-2), Iarlaith Donaghy, Michael Forbes (0-1f); Shea Coleman, Shane McGrogan; James McClure, Joe McElkennon (0-1), Mark Doherty (0-1), Conor McAteer (0-7, 5f), Darragh Wade (0-5), Dara Quinn.
Loreto, Milford: Ryan Graham; Dylan Dorrian, Tiernan McBride, Dean McBride; Eoin O’Donnell, Conor Coll, Conor Black; Bobby McGettigan (0-1), Rory O’Donnell (0-1); Aaron Reid (0-1), Ciaran Moore (0-2), Stephen Black; Johnny McGroddy (0-2, 1f), Matthew McLaughlin (2-0), Liam McGrenaghan (0-1f). Subs: Evan Colman for A Reid (40), Kyle McFadden for Stephen Black (40).
Referee: Martin Conroy (Moy).