New York GAA: McGuigan Leads Tyrone to Victory, Jackson Eight Is a Hit, Quiet Win for Leitrim
Exciting Tie Goes to Gaels, Great Weekend for New York
Referee: Sean Jones.
Man of the match: Shane Maher (Leitrim).
Exciting Tie Goes to Gaels
ROCKLAND and Shannon Gaels started Sunday’s day with a junior hurling contest. While the game was set for 1 p.m., there was a ladies game on before it and the contest was ready to go about 15 minutes later.
With Jo Jo Sullivan the junior chairman on hand, both sides agreed to the status of all players before the ball was thrown in.
Amazingly, the teams were then given 20 minutes for the first half, and 25 for the second. With a large number of Irish Americans on the field and one of the strong purposes of the junior division to encourage and promote hurling, it made little sense not to play the full hour of hurling that was set out on the card for Sunday. Hopefully the board can learn from this mistake and it won’t happen again.
The game itself was a close battle. Shannon Gaels had a 2-5 to 2-3 lead at the break before Rockland made a storming comeback.
They had a flurry of points in the second half before the Gaels used three goals to come back before the final whistle arrived.
Great Weekend for New York
IT was a marvelous weekend in Ireland for the under-14 players from New York in both the girls and boys divisions.
The boys were competing in Division 2 this year after tremendous success over the last decade on their travels across the pond. This year they started their trip on the west coast playing several challenge games in Galway.
Last Thursday they traveled to Stradbally, Co. Laois where they won their group before they played St. Eunan’s (Donegal) in the semifinals and won 1-4 to 0-2. They then played Burren (Down) in the Division 2 final.
New York scored a memorable 1-7 to 0-4 victory in the Feile Peil na nOg final in Portlaoise on Sunday.
Rory Allen was on target with 1-2 in the second half as the exiles pulled away after leading by one point at the change of ends.
There were great scenes of celebration at the final whistle as the large New York support invaded the pitch to congratulate their players. The management team is manager Owen McSweeney, selectors Tom Shalvey and Barry Walsh, tour managers Tom Queenan and Mike Kennedy, and trainer Keven McArdle.
New York: J.D. Kilkenny, A. Thornberg, L. Butler, C. Lundy; S. Sorohan, M. Russell, K. Walsh, M. Boyle, N. Kelly, A. McCormack, R. Allen, J. Hennessy, S. O'Boyle, C. Kelly, J. Breen.
Burren: M. McGurk, S. Fitzpatrick, C. Cox, S. O'Hare, C. White, D. Murdoch, P. Fagan, A. Fitzpatrick, S. Murdock, L. Kerr, R. Fegan, A. McAvoy, S. O'Connor, D. Murdock, M. McAvoy. Subs: C. McArdle, C. McAdam.
The New York girls side led the way as they annexed the division four title on Sunday in Ireland by a score of 0-3 to 0-1.
The girls of New York set up the first part of a memorable double for the exiles when getting the better of Down's Bredagh in a low scoring Feile Peil na nOg Division 4 final.
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