New York GAA roundup: Senior Hurling Championship new kids on the block set down a marker
Long Island Gaels 4-20 and Galway 2-16
Man of the Match: Tadgh Slevin: Accuracy from placed balls was crucial, while he added a number of vital scores from play. Tadgh’s experience and awareness was the catalyst for a young and dangerous Long Island forward line.
Nasty affair ends tied
Kerry 0-12 Donegal 1-09
In a bad tempered affair, at least in the second half, the sides ended all tied up after Kerry had built up an early five point lead but were pulled back by a determined Donegal side. Kerry were in a slim two points to one lead after ten minutes but then added seven of the next ten points as they moved the ball efficiently and quickly with Gary Driscoll and Robbie Moran in dominant form in the front line. Moran had five points from a variety of angles and methods including a fisted effort when on the run, with two coming from frees. Before the break however Donegal had a point from CJ Molloy which would prove pivotal as the game progressed. Kerry added to their advantage to open the second half but then Donegal started their comeback. A point from Enda Gaffney was followed by a goal from the rebound of a penalty when Conor Lynam took both. Three further points had them on level terms with time ticking down. The tackles now were coming in fast and furious and while Paddy Kelly did receive a red card for his part in one Donnybrook, a further three could have joined him with both teams guilty. With five minutes left on the clock, Dermie Foley took a Mike Fitzgerald pass and planted the ball between the posts for the equalizer. The game was not over however as the final whistle sounded as both sides and sideline mentors were involved in some shenanigans that will probable make for interesting reading in the Bronx this Thursday.
Donegal 1 Brian Cuilinan 2 Steven Lynch 3 Shane Boyle 4 Donnacha O’Dwyer 5 Steven Duffy 6 Johnny Maloney 7 PJ Flanagan 8 Brian Connor 9 Sean Kinahane 10 Keith Scally 11 Sean Manley 12 Mickey Annett 13Conor Lynam 14 CJ Molloy 15 Enda Gaffney Subs Paraic McDaid
Kerry 1 Ger O’Sullivan 2 Darren Courtney 3 Kieran O’Connor 4 Kieran Scannell 5 Sean Kelly (0-01)6 Daniel O’Brian 7 John Curran 8 Mike Jim Fitzgerald (0-01) 9 Paddy Kelly 10 Keelan Hickey 11 Gary O’Driscoll (0-02)12 Naill Farrell 13 Dermie Foley (0-01)14 Robbie Moran (0-07)15 Mike Murphy
Man of the Match Robbie Moran (Kerry)
Cork too strong for Champs
Leitrim 0-00 Cork
Cork used a strong opening to the first half to pad the way for an important win against last year’s champions Leitrim. After they fell behind to an early Cian Maher point, the Rebels had 1-03 before the next Leitrim score with Jerald McCarthy getting their second point and also the goal from a penalty when Mickey Leneghan was fouled. While Leitrim did have a Carew point from a fifty, Alan Raftery fired a point over before Darren Walsh had the second Cork major. He took the ball from a quick free when Rory Stafford was fouled then stormed forward using two teammates for foils before crashing the ball to the net. Leitrim did have two points before the break but it still left them in a six point hole. Leitrim climbed out by scoring seven of the first eight points of the second half with Rory Woods kicking five to make it level pegging with ten minutes left. It was all Cork in the that period however as they righted their ship with man of the match Jer McCarthy kicking three of their final five points to secure the victory
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