The FDNY had too many weapons for the NYPD last Friday night when they faced off in the annual challenge for charity. With a large crowd on hand at Gaelic Park, the Fire Department broke the game open in the early stages of the first half when they stormed into a 0-5 to nil lead.
Tommy Fennel and Terrence Flynn were the scoring marksmen, but the side also had to thank Tommy Furlong for making a very good save 10 minutes in on a John O’Connell shot.
The NYPD did have a pair of points before the break from Tommy Traynor and Sean Brady, but it still left the side with a lot of work to do. With Tom Walsh dominating the middle of the park and Derek Courtney picking up a lot of loose ball, countless chances were created by the winners.
They added to their lead when the second half opened, with Flynn snatching a point before following an NYPD score with a goal from an acute angle. The winners also had a number of wides as they kept the pressure on relentlessly.
The game was now becoming a battle with both sides emptying the benches and pride at stake. The Flynn brothers added to the winner’s total, while Sean Looney punctuated his personal tremendous performance with a point from play.
FDNY: 1 Tommy Furlong, 2 Billy Donoghue, 3 Jack Meaney, 4 Pat Linahan, 5 Frank Pizza, 6 Derek Courtney, 7 Bernie Madden, 8 Tom Walsh, 9 Tom McHugh, 10 Terrence Flynn, 11 Tom Fennell, 12 Tom Flynn, 13 Kevin Murphy, 14 Denis Kiely, 15 Mike Reilly. Subs: Barry Annette, Dave Daly, Sean Fitzpatrick, Brian McNamara, Glenn Coleman.
NYPD: 1 Mike Greaney, 2 Sean Looney, 3 Danny O’Sullivan, 4 Sean Wiley, 5 Peter McCormack, 6 Brian Greene, 7 Joe Carolan, 8 Fergal O’Hanlon, 9 Phil Bermingham, 10 Danny McNulty, 11 Sean Brady, 12 Tom Nolan, 13 Jordan Perez, 14 John O’Connell, 15 Tommy Traynor. Subs: Brendan McMorrow, Peter James, Kevin Paytner, Pat Donoghue, Vinnie Mannion, Chris Lambe.