GAA Digest: Saints are all square, goals are key for Mayo and a breeze for Rangers
St. Raymond’s 2-6 St. Barnabas 1-9
The junior football holy battle of saints went down to the wire, with St. Barnabas using four points from Conor and Shane Hogan to grab a very fair result of a draw. Raymond’s dominated the early going in both halves but were pulled back by excellent play from the Woodlawn lads each time.
Ray’s started in as scoring flurry with Shea Furlong the assassin.
He had two points from play before Tomas McGovern replied with a point after a 50 yard run as the crow flies.
Furlong went at it again when he crashed a shot of the crossbar, and within a minute he launched a long ball that evaded the stretched hands of Conor Hogan and hit the back of the net by way of the roof.
When Ciaran Slattery added a point from wide on the right it was 1-3 to 0-1 for Ray’s.
Barnabas were back within one by the time the halftime whistle arrived courtesy of 1-2 with an Adrian Wynne goal and Redigan and Flynn points. Slattery had a point in reply, but it was intense play from Tom McGovern and Terrence Flynn.
The Barnabas recovery was set back immediately on the restart when Frank O’Rourke had a goal when CJ Doherty set him free.
Two points from Flynn and Wynne got a Barnabas revival going. Raymond’s added two further points from Furlong off the left peg and O’Rourke with Furlong the assister, to make it 2-6 to 1-5, but with 13 minutes left it was the last time the lads from Pelham would move the scoreboard.
Next up came four Hogan points, three from Shane who came off the bench and Conor who came out of goal. Both are on the New York panel, and they helped Barnabas get a draw which was a fair result.
St. Ray’s will try and concentrate to the very end in future, but will still be happy to have a draw. Liam Butler, Denis Kilkenny, Frank O’Rourke and James Huvane all had prominent periods. Ciaran Slattery had two valuable points and was good in open play. Shea Furlong was outstanding particularly in the first half.
St. Barnabas had active displays from Terrence Flynn off the bench, Adrian Wynne, Dermot Hayes, Tomas McGovern and the two Hogans in the last 15 minutes.
St. Raymond’s: 1 Ryan Sullivan, 2 Denis Kilkenny, 4 Thomas Huvane, 5 Shane Tierney, 6 James Huvane, 7 Liam Butler, 8 Frank O’Rourke (1-1), 9 Ciaran Slattery (0-2), 10 Shea Furlong (1-3), 11 CJ Doherty, 12 Patrick Tierney, 13 Noel Blanchfield, 15 Danny Murphy.
St. Barnabas: 1 Conor Hogan (0-1), 2 Tom Brady, 4 Dermot Hayes, 5 Frank McDermott, 6 Michael McVann, 7 Nick Touchia, 8 Brian Dennehy, 9 Adrian Clarke, 10 Nick Moustousis, 11 Thomas McGovern (0-1), 12 James Mullen, 13 Rory Redican (0-1), 15 Brian Whitney. Subs: Terrence Flynn (0-2), Adrian Wynne (1-1), Shane Hogan (0-3).
Referee: Fergal Mulvanny.
Man of the match: Shea Furlong (St. Raymond’s)
Goals Are Key for Mayo
Mayo 5-7 Long Island Gaels 2-9
THE intermediate clash between Mayo and LIG was decided by goals and Mayo’s ease in grabbing them. Two in the first eight minutes put them into a lead they never looked like relinquishing.
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