New York GAA report: Goals the difference for Rockland against Long Island Gaels
Rangers advance easily, O’Driscoll leads way, and Lenehan the Cork Star
Goals the difference for Rockland
Rockland 3-05 Long Island Gaels 0-12
It is the old saying, goals win games. It was never as true as Rockland used a trifecta to get the win despite starting the game in a 0-05 to 0-00 hole. Darren Moore had scored all the points for LIG but then Rockland started their comeback. Two Sean McGrath frees got them going and they were helped when Chris McKenna stopped a Moore shot with a full length save. After two Gaels points and with time winding down, Ciaran Hennessy had a point and was then involved in a move that released Martin Mullin who fired to the net with seconds left in the half. Both sides had points to open the second half before Rockland had their second goal, a Brendan Relliahan long range shot found its way to the net. Long Island responded with three points from McDaid and Moore (two) but super sub Pat Guerin joined the fray and stole the show. He got his side within one with a point from play, 0-12 to 2-05 and followed it with a brilliant finish after Sean McGrath set him up.
Rockland 1 Chris McKenna 2 Robert Daly 4 John Fitzpatrick 5 Paraic Gargan 6 Ciaran Hennessy (0-02)7 Martin Mullin (1-00)8 Nick Mangan 9 Brendan Relliahan (1-00)10 Shane Hanley 11 Sean McGrath (0-02)12 Brendan Murphy 13 Steven Spellman 15 Seamus Woods Sub Conor McIntire Pat Guerin (1-01)
Long Island Gaels 1 Donagh O’Grady 2 Michael O’Boyle 4 Donal McGlynn (0-01)5 Fintan Gannon 6 Liam McDonald 7 Garth Moore 8 Andy Gray 9 Ronan Carter (0-01)10 Alan Hanley 11 Gary Moore 12 Paul McDaid (0-01)13 Darren Moore (0-09)15 Paul Carty Subs Conor Beirne Sean Moore
Referee Peter McCormack
Man of the Match Pat Guerin (Rockland)
Rangers advance easily
Rangers 1-16 Kerry 1-04
Rangers were always in control against Kerry in this intermediate contest and the result was never in doubt from the early going. They used an excellent performance by Sean O’Neill with strong back up from Shane Hogan and Ronan Caffrey. O’Neill opened the scoring and his side added the next six scores with five different players getting in on the act. The play of Derek Courtney and Shane Hogan in the half back line was terrific with both getting on the scoreboard while also doing their defensive duties to perfection. Kerry opened their account with eight minutes left when Alan Curran scored, the same player added a free shortly after but that was the extent of their scoring in the opening half. Sean O’Neill cancelled both out from play and Rangers had a 0-09 to 0-02 lead.
hile Kerry had a Curran goal in the third minute of the second half, Rangers responded with a Kevin Daly major after Ger O’Sullivan stopped his first effort. They followed with six of the next sight minors and it was easy street to victory.
Kerry 1 Ger O’Sullivan 2 Mike Lenehan 4 Conor Mulvihill 5 Eddie Hogan 6 Shane Coffey 7 Thomas O’Brian 8 Darren Halpin 9 Cormac Breen 10 Muiris O’Sullivan 11 Alan Curran 12 Ger Walsh 13 John Brennan 15 Ronan Caffery Subs Ger Mason Mike King Richie Hartnett
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