Orla Benson Cup final
Boston Shamrocks 1-06 Tir Na Nog 4-06
The ladies were the first to take to the field this week with the Boston Shamrocks taking on Tir na Nog in the Orla Benson Cup final. Although the game was played under poor, slippery conditions, both teams provided some very entertaining football. Both teams dominated for periods but it was the brighton seemed to make the most of their scoring opportunities to make them deserving winners on the day. As the saying goes “Goals win games” and that was surely the case for Tir na Nog as they defeated the shamrocks by a margin of three goals in what was otherwise a closely contested game.
The Shamrocks were the first to register on the score both with 2 points within the first 5
Mins. Shiela Carroll converted a 20m free after a foul on Sharon McGovern, followed quickly from a point from play by Regina Finnegan. Although the Shamrocks seemed to be controlling the pace of the game in the early stages, it wasn’t long until Tir Na Nog settled into a quick, short passing game that the Shamrocks defense found very hard to handle. Caroline Nee opened with their first score in the 9th min followed by points from Caroline Hanley and Amy Connolly. AnneMarie McDonnell replied with a Shamrocks point but it was 2 goals from Hanley & Nee that separated the teams at half time as Tir Na Nog were up 2-03 to 0-03.
In the 2nd half the Shamrocks started to put pressure on the Tir Na Nog defense with some great runs from midfielder Shiela Carroll, Sarah Cunningham and Edel McGovern. However they found it hard to convert their possession to scores on the board. Caroline Nee continued to win a lot of possession around the middle of the field push forward for Tir Na Nog with some great support from Caoimhe Keohgan and Niamh Daly. They registered two more goals from Amy Connolly and Caroline Hanley. Shamrocks did reply with a point from Sharon McGovern and a goal from Sarah Cunningham. However it was too little too late as the 3 goal deficit was just too much to make up.
After the game some of Orla Benson’s family members were in canton to present the cup named in her honour to Tir Na Nog team captain Jenna Davoren
Boston Shamrocks: N. Haywood,T. Doherty, E.McGovern, S. Dempsey, B. lockwood, A. Mcdonald, A. Clarke, S. Carroll, K. Scanlon, C. Gleelan, S. McGovern, R. Finnegan
Tir Na Nog: M. Duess, A. O’Neill, L. Brick, J. Davoren, N. O’Neill, P. Greene, c. Keoghan, N. Daly, A. Connolly, L. Kehoe, C. Nee, S. Bannon, C. Hanley
SFC – Aidan McAnespies 3-11 Mayo 1-08
The weather conditions improved as the sun came out for the second game of the day as Aidan McAnespies took on Mayo. The McAnespies dominated the majority of the game setting up a very fast pace that the Mayo defence were unable to deal with. The duo of Colm McRory and Sean Cournane were a constant thorn in the Mayo side scoring a total of 3-9 between them. Although Mayo did compete for sections of the game they never seemed like a real treat to the Macs who eventually won the game by a comfortable margin.
The McAnespies got off to a dream start with 2 quick points from Colm McRory within the first two mins. McRory was also responsible for the pin point pass that set up Sean Cournane with his first goal of the day for the McAnespies in the 5th min. Mayo did manage to attack on a few occasions but were denied by some fantastic blocking from Fergal O’Doherty and tenacious tackling from Niall Gallen. It took Mayo 16 mins to register their first score, with a point from Danny McNicholas, closely followed by a 2nd from Sean Kenny. The Macs replied with 3 more points from McRory(2) and Courane and Sean Maguire scored a long range free for Mayo. McRory was later pulled to the ground in the small square for a penalty. McRory took the place kick himself beating goalie Brain Cassidy to give Macs their second goal of the half. Mayo finished the half with 2 points from frees taken by Sean Kenny and Kevin McAllister to leave the score 2-06 to 0-04 at half time.
The McAnespies again were the first to score in the second half with a quick point from the fist off Cournane. Mayo did get scoring opportunities but struggled to put scores on the board getting the most of their scores from free kicks. Sean Kenny and Danny McNicholas converted two frees for Mayo in the 43rd and 46th min. Mayo did have a chance to pull back a goal when Alan Benson made a fantastic solo run from the 20m line and only had the goalie to beat. However his shot skimmed wide of the right post. Collie
Donnelly and McRory registered two more scores from play to extend the McAnespies lead. Alan Benson showed his markers a clean pair of heals to scoring a fine point after his solo run from midfield. Macs goalie Paddy Coakley pulled off a fine save to deny rob Murphy. However, Mayo got a second chance on goal when Kevin McAllister fielded from the subsequent 45 and found the back of the Macs net. Cournane ended the half as he started with another goal and a point for the Macs, leaving them outright winners on a scoreline of 3-11 to 1-08.