O’Boyle the difference as the Tower lose out

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Cross and Passion Ballycastle............3-11 St. Killians Garron Tower.............3-10

ST KILLIAN'S loss has proved Cross and Passion's gain as the former Garron Tower student Michael O'Boyle was the star of the show as the Ballycastle College won the Leonard Cup by the narrowest of margins.
O'Boyle, from the Glenariffe club, was a key player for the Tower when they won he McNamee Cup in 2015.
With two goals and ten points to his credit in this close run thing his move to Cross and Passion a year ago, it could be said, made all the difference, as his former school lost out to a late, late O'Boyle winner.
A beautiful point struck off his left at full pace as he raced up the left side-line in injury time, underlined Michael O'Boyle's contribution to this excellent Danske Bank Leonard Cup final in Allen Park last week.
That was his tenth point to add to two first half goals as Cross and Passion came from behind at the death to win back the Cup they last held two seasons ago.
O'Boyle, of course, was critical to the outcome as his two early goals set opponents St Killian's a problem which they were unable to solve.
The first came in the eleventh minute, a fine solo run and strike, and was followed four minutes later by a crisp strike from the penalty line after he was bundled over in the area.


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