New York GAA: Na Fianna dethrone champs, second half charm for K/D, and Dublin in a struggle
Too many Cavan weapons, goals the difference for guards
Five consecutive points with Gerard McCarthy in the mix constantly brought the Rebels to 1-9 to 0-7. Tom Hardwick was doing a lot of battling and ball winning in the middle, while Eoin McHugh was also having a presence.
Cavan responded to a stunning save by their keeper Gavin Joyce from an Aiden Walsh shot by grabbing two points at the other end to again put a little breathing room between the sides.
Dillon and Guilfoyle swapped scores to round out the scoring, the latter to punctuate his excellent performance.
Cavan: 1 Gavin Joyce, 2 Ronan McGinley, 3 Ciaran Shields, 4 Ciaran Martin, 5 Paul Lambe, 6 Mike Higgins, 7 Sean Kelly, 8 Eoghan Carew (0-2), 9 Paddy McCullough (0-1), 10 Frankie Barry, 11 Graham Guilfoyle (1-2), 12 Eoin Ward (0-3), 13 Ryan O’Hare (1-2), 14 Michael Kennedy, 15 James Connolly (0-1). Subs: Eoghan Kyne,
Cork: 1 Darren O’Mahoney, 2 Denis McCarthy, 3 Gary Hanley, 4 Rory Stafford, 5 Eoin Dillon (0-1), 6 Alan Rafferty, 7 Eoin McHugh (0-1), 8 Aiden Walsh, 9 Gary Lowney, 10 Francie Cleary (0-1), 11 Jason Kelly, 12 Peter Hatzer (0-1), 13 Mickey Lenaghan (0-2), 14 Tom Hardwick, 15 Gerald McCarthy (0-2),15 Peter Hatzer (0-2).
Referee: John Fitzpatrick.
Man of the match: Graham Guilfoyle (Cavan).
Goals the Difference for Guards
Hoboken Guards 2-15 Shannon Gaels 0-14
A GOAL in each half of this exciting junior hurling contest were the difference as Hoboken took the points and kept their unbeaten streak moving along.
It was a very interesting game, however, in that the score amounts were even in the second half, with just the second goal helping to extend the advantage.
Hoboken had the first two points of the game with a long range effort from PJ Delaney, an excellent score.
Shannon Gaels replied with three points off the stick of Noel Connatty, who was clinical on the day from frees. In the theme of things the game went in waves, with the Guards grabbing their first goal from Mike Kennelly when he followed a Casserley point with a scrambled goal.
Adrian Purcell had three further points for the winners, while Connatty and Graeme McGuire replied at the other end with minors to leave the half time score 1-7 to 0-5.
Hoboken introduced Pat Egan and Mattie Coyne off the bench, and both were to have huge contributions in the second half. While Connatty had a point to open the half, Coyne followed a Purcell free with a brace to extend the lead.
Sean Brennan joined the attack for Shannon Gaels with a long range score 15 minutes in, and Connatty had his sixth point of the day immediately following.
Peader Hickey, who was a handful on the 40, had two points from distance, the first from a free, but again Hoboken reacted positively.
Egan had a minor and then followed with a goal to give his side a 2-13 to 0-9 lead. Shannon Gaels then had their most positive period of the game as they outscored their opponents 0-5 to 0-2 in the closing 10 minutes.
They punished numerous infractions in the Hoboken rearguard, with points from Connatty frees, and had some timely clearances at the back from Conor Butler and Sean Moore. Time ran out, however, with the side still needing a goal to create real damage.
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