New York GAA: Easy pickings for Jersey boys, Goal's the difference for Cavan, Clifford the Man for Kingdom
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Easy Pickings for Jersey Boys
Hoboken 6-20 Rockland 1-7
Hoboken qualified for a junior hurling final meeting with defending champions the Bronx with a comprehensive victory against a valiant but over matched Rockland side.
While the second half was closer, the first period was so dominated by Hoboken that it was all cosmetic in the final 30 minutes. The winners will have no fears heading into the final after this brilliant win on a sun drenched Sunday.
Hoboken opened with a 2-4 salvo before Rockland got on the board. Sean Wynne and Paul Loughnane were the goal scorers, and already the writing was on the wall.
They began with several wides before the powerful outburst of scores, such was their dominance.
ockland remained scoreless for 12 minutes before a Kevin McKay free got them on the board.
The Rockland half-forward line and midfielders had trouble winning puck-outs and it showed as Hoboken capitalized on the high ball. Rockland twice had opportunities for goal, but was denied each time by strong defending from the Hoboken corner backs.
The first half ended with a score of 3-14 to 0-4 in favor of the Jersey Boys.
The second half continued with much of the same. Rockland couldn’t find a way to battle for the high balls and Hoboken converted regularly, with scores coming in bursts.
Cosgrove and Purcell had majors and the deep bench of the winners had a huge contribution for the side.
The game did have a break in the action when a small skirmish occurred, but after yellow cards for Meehan and Petit the game went back into predictable fare.
Rockland fought valiantly and pulling together an attacking streak, but were unable to close on their opportunities. Hoboken earned their place in the final with room to spare.
Hoboken has a deep panel that will be hard to hold in the county final. Reilly, Egan, Loughnane, Purcell and Meehan all had major roles in the victory.
McKay, Petit, Flynn and Moroney all tried valiantly to the end for Rockland.
Rockland: 1 John Nolan, 2 Luke Keogh, 4 Darren Pettit, 5 Chris Dalton, 6 Kevin McKay (1-3), 7 Logan McIntyre, 8 Keith McGeough (0-2), 9 Dean Murphy, 10 Chris Dalton, 11 Jimmy Flynn, 12 Robert Jackson (0-2), 13 Martin Flynn, 15 Stephen Maroney.
Hoboken: 1 Colm Reilly, 2 Conor Costigan, 4 Noel O’Gorman, 5 James Egan, 6 Seamus O’Grady (1-0), 7 PJ Delaney (0-2), 8 Pat Egan (0-2), 9 Darren Coffey (0-2), 10 Kaelin O’Hare, 11 Paul Loughnane (1-1), 12 Sean Wynne (2-1), 13 Adrian Purcell (0-9), 15 Fintan Meehan (0-2), 16 David Cosgrove (1-0), 17 Mike Kennelly, 18 Declan Hogan, 19 Trooler O’Connor, 20 Brian Cosgrove, 21 Danny Kane, 22 Matt Coin, 23 Brian Cosserly, 24 J. Flynn, 25 Tim Morgan, 26 Conor McInerney (2-1), 27 Seamus O’Driscoll, 28 Mike Smith, 29 Eamonn Riordan.
Man of the match: Adrian Purcell (Hoboken).
Goals the Difference for Cavan
Cavan 4-13 Armagh 1-11
FOUR goals in the second half were the crucial difference for Cavan in the first senior football contest on Sunday. Eric Bradley and Ryan O’Hare had a brace each that helped the side to pull away.
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