FDNY wins annual charity GAA battle against NYPD in Gaelic Park

New York's Gaelic Park

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.