New York GAA round up
Peter Connaughton Final, Tipp coast home, Down have easy Sunday, Rebel with a cause
Peter Connaughton Final
Kerry/Donegal 1-16 Fermanagh 2-05
The Peter Connaughton Champions for 2010 are Kerry/Donegal as they used a dominating second half display to clinch the trophy. The side had a brilliant opening to the game when they had 1-05 after a Fermanagh opening Caroline Murphy score. The goal arrived in the fifth minute from Clare Hannon when she fired her shot powerfully to the net. Hannon also had two of the points. The sides swapped four points before Fermanagh had their best period of the contest. An Aisling Gormally point preceded two quick goals from sub Brianna Coyle and Loretta Cunningham before Denise Dunnion pointed which made the halftime score 2-03 to 1-07 for the winners. A point scoring avalanche in the second half gave the Cup to the winners. They answered a Loretta Cunningham point in the first minute with five in a row and then followed an Aisling Gormally score with a further four to easily run out winners.
The winners had stars in Benny Touhy who made a couple of good saves when needed. Louise Lilly, Michelle McVann who were tenacious up the middle, Catherina Brady who did not score but did a lot of work. Up front Ali Kelly, Sarah Grealis and Denise Dunnion who was outstanding were their main threats. Fermanagh had Donna Traynor who could not be faulted, Tracy Ann McCullough, Loretta Cunningham and Erin Galligan as their most prominent.
Fermanagh 1 Donna Traynor 2 Nooleen Fitzpatrick 3 Tracy Ann McCullough 4 Christina Brown 5 Ann Marie Kelly 6 Caroline McArdle 7 Siobhan McCourt 8 Roisin Toner 9 Caitlin Slattery 10 Aisling Gormaly (0-02)11 Caroline Murphy (0-01) 12 Ashling O’Sullivan 13 Loretta Cunningham (1-01)14 Erin Galligan (0-01)15 Saoirse Finnigan Subs Brianna Coyle (1-00)
Kerry/Donegal 1 Benny Touhy 2 Jenny Moran 3 Una Burke 4 Cathleen Enright 5 Kelly Roche 6 Louise Lilly 7 Naimh Britton 8 Michelle McVann 9 Catherina Brady 10 Anita McKenna 11 Ali Kelly 12 Sarah Grealis (0-03)13 Denise Dunnion (0-08) 14 Clare Hannon (1-03)15 Marie Cassels Subs Thea Clarke Carol Herlihy
Player of the Game Denise Dunnion (Kerry/Donegal)
Referee Dean O’Connor
Senior Hurling Semi Final
Tipp coast home
Tipperary 2-18 Galway 0-11
Tipperary had too many weapons for Galway as they coasted to the final where they will meet Offaly next week. They had 1-05 to 0-02 in the first 15 minutes with the goal coming from Damien Murray after he was set free by Damien Hayes. Shane Quinn was taking the frees at this point which was a change of pace as Murray was the usual sniper. Galway did have a goal chance but John Madden made a pair of easy save. Galway did have four points from Kevin Keehan frees as the half arrived in a game that was not dirty but Tipperary had three at the other end from Ray Maloney a long range effort and two further Quinn scores. While Galway had two of the first three scores in the second half and indeed dominated the opening ten minutes their were unable too get the goal that they so badly began to need. Tipperary with defensive stands by Ger Mahon and Ray Maloney stopped anything further developing and their forwards rattled off eight of the next nine points. Damien Murray was now in charge of the free taking and he was clinical. After Galway’s last hurrah, a brace of Aiden Roche points, Tipperary had their second goal a gem when Damien Hayes flicked expertly to Murray who had the easy task of slapping the ball home.
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