New York GAA report: Perfect Start for Gaels, Battle ends square, and more
Herbert stars for Na Fianna, Herbert stars for Na Fianna
Perfect Start for Gaels
Long Island Gaels 0-15 Offaly 0-11
Long Island Gaels had a perfect start to their senior hurling life with a four point win over a limited Offaly side in the first senior hurling game of the year. On the back of a man of the match performance from Tadgh Slevin, the Islanders used a brilliant closing to fire the last four points and get the victory. There was only a point between the sides at the break with Offaly holding the slimmest of leads. Shane Sweeney had a brace while Sean O’Connor also had a nice point from play to put the side in front. Brilliant long distance shooting however for LIG brought them back into the game. They withstood falling behind 0-09 to 0-06 in the early going of the second half before firing over nine of the last eleven points. Slevin with three was the leading light but Bernard Deacy and Enda O’Connor also had major contributions in the historic victory.
Offaly 1 Alan Gleason 2 Tom O’Callaghan 4 Sean O’Sullivan 5 Sean O’Connor (0-02)6 Richie Hartnett 7 Keelan O’Keefe 8 Donie Broderick 9 Brian Glynn (0-01)10 Brendan Blackwell 11 Eamonn Slattery (0-02)12 Calem McDonald (0-01)13 Shane Sweeney (0-04)15 Brian McNaughton (0-01) Subs Danny McCormack Paudie Kyne
Long Island Gaels 1 Ray Murray 2 Ronan Morrison 4 Conor Glynn 5 Luke Kelly 6 Richie O’Connor 8 Aiden Cash 9 Eddie Kendrick 10 Danny Masterson (0-01) 11 Daniel Breen 12 Tadgh Slevin(0-07) 13 Bernard Deacy (0-04)15 Enda O’Connor (0-03)
Referee Finbarr Flood
Man of the Match Tadgh Slevin (Long Island Gaels)
Battle ends square
Kerry 0-14 Leitrim 1-11
Leitrim and Kerry finished all square in a close fought battle that came down to the wire with Leitrim having a long distance fifty, it was out by the right sideline for the win., Pa Ryan’s shot never got elevated however and the fair result stood. Kerry stormed out the gate and was ahead 0-09 to 0-02 after twenty minutes. Paddy Kelly was doing a lot of damage against his old team mates while Mike Jim Fitzgerald was also a huge contributor. They would have been further ahead but for a god saving by Pa Ryan on Mike Murphy quarter way through. Leitrim did score the last four points of the half to start a resurgence leaving them 0-08 to 0-06 behind at the short whistle. It was score for score in the second half before Kerry finally broke the game open with four points in a row in the last quarter. Mike Jim had a pair while Keelan Hickey was also on target Woith a free. They were ahead by three 0-14 to 0-11 with time ticking down. A long range free from the stand side by Rory Woods was touched to the net for the draw with a number of possibilities for congratulations. It appeared however that Ray O’Connor had got the vital touch for the tie.
Kerry 1 Ger O’Sullivan 2 James Huvane 3 Darren Courtney 4 Ronan McLoughlin 5 Sean Kelly 6 Mike Nester 7 John Curran 8 Mike Jim Fitzgerald (0-03) 9 Paddy Kelly (0-01) 10 Keelan Hickey (0-04) 11Mike Murphy 12 Gary O’Driscoll (0-01)13 Darren Moore (0-02)14 Naill Farrell (0-01) 15 Ross Donavan (0-01) Subs Dermie Foley (0-01)
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