New York GAA: So close for Monaghan, Leitrim are through, Bronx goes Back to Back and Kerry Kruise to win
Intermediate football, senior football, and junior hurling final,
So close for Monaghan against a determined Long Island
Monaghan 1-08 Long Island Gaels 0-10
Monaghan did just enough to get the victory over a determined Long Island side that pushed them all the way in the Intermediate quarter final. They now play Donegal in the semi next week while Kerry and Rangers face of in the other semifinal. The game was full of waves, LIG had the first two points but they were canceled out by a brilliant goal from James Connolly when he linked with Sean Munnelly. They followed with a point but then didn’t score for 17 minutes as Long Island added four to their total to sneak into the lead. With the half winding down it looked as if Monaghan had lost their way but they responded with 1-02 in those minutes to again grab the lead. They opened the second half with a further four points to put five between the sides but they did not score the rest of the way and had to live dangerously. Mark McKeown had two, while John McGrath and Darren Moore also tallied but time ran out on their recovery and Monaghan had survived but just.
Monaghan 1 Robbie O’Neill 2 Brian Murray 3 Mikey O’Regan 4 Conor McKeown 5 Lonan McGuire (0-01)6 Bonnie Duffy 7 Mark McCoughey (0-01)8 Brendan Finn 9 Derek McKenna 10 Karl O’Connell (0-01) 11 Sean Munnelly 12 Caoimhin O’Callaghan 13 Kenneth Quirke 14 James Connolly (1-03)15 Dave Harvey (0-02)Subs Sean Carbin Shane McKenna
Long Island Gaels 1 Kevin Boyle 2 Michael O’Boyle 3 Donal McMullan 4 Pat Loughley 5 Donal McKenna 6 Ronan McGonigle 7 Garth Moore 8 Stephen O’Kane 9 Bonny O’Boyle 10 Kevin John McGrath (0-02) 11 Gary Moore 12 Paul McDaid (0-01)13 Mark McKeown (0-04)14 Ronan Carter 15 Darren Moore (0-03) Subs Richie O’Connor
Referee John Fitzpatrick
Leitrim are through
Leitrim 1-12 Cavan 1-08
The fourth spot in the semifinals of the NY championship is Leitrims after a four point victory in the last round of group games. While the game itself never reached the playoff intensity that is required normally, perhaps because Cavan were already through to semis, it was a contest that Leitrim were always ahead in or on level terms from the sixth minute on. At half time they had a two point lead 1-06 to 1-04 with the goal coming from Adrian O’Connor in the 28th minute when he took a Jamie Clarke pass and drilled the ball to the net. It cancelled out a brilliant individual goal from Eoghan Carew just moments earlier. They increased their advantage with three points to open the second half and were able to stay comfortable in front the rest of the way with a blanket defense never allowing Cavan the goal chance they badly needed.
Cavan1 Gavin Joyce 2 Ciaran Martin 3 Michael Higgins 4 Ronan McGinley 5 Paul Lamb 6 Mike Kennedy 7 Alan Carolan 8 Paddy McCullough (0-01)9 Rory O’Connor (0-01)10 Frankie Berry 11 Eric Bradley (2-01)12 Eoin Carew (0-02)13 JC Connelly (0-01)14 Graham Guilfoyle (0-03) 15 Ryan O’Hare (2-04) Subs Sean Munnelly, Alan Carolan, Barry McGinn Eoin Ward
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