St Louis claim place in All-Ireland hurling final

St Louis James McNaughton in action  during Saturday's Paddy Buggy Cup semi-final win over St Raphael's Loughrea at DCU Sportsground's Dublin
St Louis James McNaughton in action during Saturday's Paddy Buggy Cup semi-final win over St Raphael's Loughrea at DCU Sportsground's Dublin

The dream of All-Ireland glory moved one step closer for the senior hurlers of St Louis Grammar School at the weekend.

The Cullybackey Road boys reached the final of the Paddy Buggy Cup All-Ireland final after a superb 2-14 to 2-6 victory over St Raphaels College, Loughrea (Galway) in Saturday’s semi-final.

Roared on by a large crowd, St Louis were five points to the good at the interval, thanks to a goal from Ciaran Elliott.

But even againt the wind in the second period, St Louis produced a superb display in the third quarter which saw them open up an unassailable 14 points gap.

That included a Conal Cunning goal where he burst past three defenders before firing into the net for his side’s second goal.

Loughrea battled hard to get back into the game with a couple of scores but they never really threatened St Louis’ passage into the final on Easter Monday in Thurles when they meet Abbey CBS from Tipperary.

It completed a memorable few days for the St Louis squad, who won the School Sporting Performance category at the recent Ballymena Sports Awards.