NY GAA report: Close call for Islanders against Tipperary
Ulster in a thriller and goals the key for winners
Close call for Islanders
Long Island Gaels 3-19 Tipperary 4-14
In an excellent hurling semifinal Long Island did just enough to qualify for the final next week where they will take on Galway. Two points behind at the break they came out on top after a brilliant second half where both sides had brilliant goals as they went toe to toe. The sides opened at 2 apiece and it was level pegging for the next fifteen minutes before Tipperary broke ahead with three frees from Buggy O’Meara to put two between the sides at the short whistle, 0-09 to 0-07. The goals started to flow in the second half and the lead changed hands on a number of occasions.
aul Loughnane had a brilliant score when he doubled on a dropping pass from O’Meara while Shane Minton had 1-01 to open a slight lead for the winners. Back to back goals for Tipperary with less than seven minutes left changed the environment but Long Island reacted in the best way possible. Dean Higgins rattled the net with a pile driver to again put the side in front and a point from Alan Stenson extended the margin. The final whistle arrived just in time with both sides battling to the end.
Long Island Gaels 1 Ray Murray 2 Aiden Cash 4 Paul Murphy (0-01) 5 Stephen O’Keane 6 Conor Lynam 7 Mike Elwood 8 Enda Barrett (0-02) 9 Jake McMahon 10 Shane Minton (1-03)11 Ray McLoughney (0-04)12 Tadgh Slevin 13 Alan Stenson (1-02) 15 Brian Deane Subs Danny Masterson Dean Higgins (1-07)
Tipperary 1 Craig Harford 2 Donagh Maher (1-01) 4 Micheal Cahill 5 Colm Forde 6 Padraig Maher 7 Francis Kennedy 8 Neidin O’Riordan (0-02) 9 Liam Maher 10 Davie Loughnane (0-01) 11 Paul Loughnane (1-01) 12 John Sheedy (1-01) 13 Brian O’Meara (0-07) 15 Shane Burke (1-02)
Referee Finbarr Flood
Man of the Match Dean Higgins (Long Island Gaels)
Ulster in a thriller
Ulster 0-19 Rockland 1-13
In a brilliant game of competitive hurling, Ulster qualified for the Junior Hurling final where they will play Hoboken. In a Saturday night fever pitched encounter the sides were level on a number of occasions as well as at the break, 1-07 to 0-10. It was a late surge by Ulster that got them over the mountain with Maurice Callinan from frees and Peter Hatzer at the defensive end pivotal. Ulster broke into an early 0-04 to 0-01 lead but then Rockland got on level terms when they had a goal after a heavy period of dominance and they followed with points from frees by Robbie Jackson and play by Dean Murphy. When the second half opened, Maurice Callinan added points from frees to open a three point lead. Rockland was chasing the game but they did with passion. Point for point, Robbie Jackson had a 20 meter free that have the side the chance to draw level with ten minutes remaining. His projectile shot screamed over the lathe by inches. Ulster were able to maintain their lead to the end line but were pushed hard in a tremendous encounter.
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