Boston GAA: Blues, Kerry, Donegal and Wolfe Tones Take the Spoils on Opening Day
Kerry continued to enjoy the advantage in the second half. A point from Tanny after 8 minutes was followed by another after 14. McAnespies then went to work realizing that there was a game to win and it was Kerry who experienced the barren period. For a time it looked as if the experience of the champions would carry them through. Gareth O’Neill pointed after 19 minutes and converted a free shortly afterwards, while Fergal Doherty urged his cohorts to lift their game.. With less than 10 minutes to go McAnespies won a well earned penalty. Colm McCrory being the player fouled and also got up to fire the shot home.
Kerry though, showed some character and fought back, scoring points in the 25th and 30th minutes. Mike McCarthy pointed a free and Whelan accounted for the other score. McAnespies were forced to go for goal and almost generated chances on a couple of occasions, but each time the final pass went astray. With time up McAnespies won a 45 which they dropped into the square, Kerry broke the ball out, and with it Joe Moriarty called time. First blood to Kerry in what was perhaps a surprise result.
Kerry: Shane O’ Leary, Mike Godley, James Dooley, Rob Coyne, Kieran O’Connor, Maurice fallon, Ian Somers, Ian Whelan, Padraig Doyle, Paddy Tanny, Donncha Fenton, Rob O Hanlon, Mike McCarthy.
Shannon Blues 2-14 Galway 0-7
With key forwards Danny Reddin and Gearoid O’Connor out with early season injuries Galway faced a tough task on Sunday and went down to an excellent Shannon Blues side. Eoghan Kavanagh was the man of the match for Galway, while for the Blues Brian Curran and Shane Kelly led the charge.
Armagh-Notre Dame conceded to Wolfe Tones
Orla Benson Cup
Connacht Ladies 1-1 Tir na nOg 3-10
Tir na nOg got a won over Connacht Ladies to earn a place in the Orla Benson Cup final against old enemies, Boston Shamrocks. The Connacht Ladies played some great football in the first half and kept with their more established opponents, at the break it was a close 1-0 to 1-3 for Tir na nOg. In the second half the Brighton side took over as superior fitness told. Aisling Kerr and Carolyn Egan fought hard for Connacht Ladies, and for Tir na nOg Sinead Bannon and Carolyn Egan played well.
Schedule May 27
The senior football championship continues next Sunday with Cork, Mayo and Connemara Gaels getting off to a start. Cork have a tough assignment against Donegal, while the Gaels will fancy their chances of 2 points when they meet Mayo. Kerry will be looking to follow up their win over McAnespies with another against a depleted Galway.
Senior Football Championship
2:30 Cork v Donegal
3:45 Connemara Gaels v Mayo
5:00 Galway v Kerry
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