Referee: Norbert Walsh (An Mhi)
Player of the Game: Louise Brett (Connacht Ladies)
Connacht: C. Heraty, L. Burns, J. O’Connell, A. Kerr, L. Ryan, I. McNulty, M. Treanor, K. O’Shea, C. Newton, M. Mullan, L. Brett, A. McDaid, J. Ward, S. Ryan, J. McDonagh. Tir na nOg: A. O’Neill, N. O’Neill, J. Davoran, K. Coombes, C. Mullen, N. Daly, C. Keoghegan, A. Connolly, P. Greene, C. Hanley, N. Healy, L. Kehoe, S. Bannon, C. Nee, M. Walsh.
Junior B Football - Cork 1-13 Galway 3-7
Both junior B football semi-finals went to extra time, and still could not be resolved. Replays will be required next week for both games. Saturday evening Cork and Galway served up a fantastic contest. Galway had gone unbeaten all season and Cork qualified as the underdog. It was a game that belied it’s status as junior B both in terms of the intense manner in which it was contested, and in the quality of football played by both sides. The rebels led by two points going into the last few minutes when Tom Walsh stuck with a zinger of a goal for Galway. Cork fought back to level with a point just before the final whistle and we had extra time. Cork struck first with a goal from John Crowley and hang on until the final minute when Jamie Kehoe netted to draw Galway level.
On Friday night, Kerry and Donegal also could not be separated after 80 minutes of play and the final score was Kerry 1-15 to 0-18 for Donegal. The finalists will not be decided until next week.
Tom’s Blow Past Wexford
Junior Hurling - Fr. Tom Burke’s 1-13 Wexford 1-5
The Boston and North American junior hurling championship will have a new name on it after Fr. Tom Burke’s out hurled the champions on a wet, chilly Saturday afternoon. Tom’s had Gavin Nugent and Tadgh O’hUallachain in the half forward line to do a lot of damage, and the back line held up when called upon. After a tight first half, Tom’s pulled away in the second to setup a showdown with Tipperary in next Saturday’s final.
John Cuddy got Tom’s on the scoreboard with a free in the first minute, but Wexford answered almost immediately with a goal from Gearoid O’Connor, who pulled on a ball across the box from Peter Ryan. O’Connor was making his return from a serious injury suffered in the Sheehan Cup. Gavin Nugent then put three well taken points over the bar and Tom’s were ahead once again. Dominic Magill did well at center back, and had Cormac Joyce-Power to contend with. Joyce-Power won a handful of balls, but the shooting Magill might have had the edge in the first half. Kevin O’Grady popped over a couple of points for Wexford, but Tom’s finished the half strong with points from Cuddy, Nugent, and O’hUallachain.
The second half began with Wexford trailing by a point, and it did not take long for the gap to widen between the teams. Nugent and O’hUallcahin were rampant. Each added a point to the Tom’s lead. James Dooley toiled hard in the Tom’s rearguard, and with Joyce-Power moved to corner forward the Liemrick man eventually was rewarded with a point for his efforts. Wexford’s first score came with more than 20 minutes gone in the half, and the Brighton men were chasing a lost cause at that stage. Tom’s lead was six points. O’hUallachain put the nail in the coffin with a goal after a typical solo run and that was it. A fully deserved win for Tom’s who have the final to look forward to next weekend.
Referee: James Owens (Loch Garman)
Man of the Match: Tadhg O’hUallachain (Fr. Tom’s)
Tom’s : F. Keenan, L. Guinan, T. Doran, J. Mooney, D. Costello, J. Dooley, B. Smith,J. McGrath, T. O’hUallachain, C. Joyce-Power, G. Nugent, D. Hession, J. Cuddy. Wexford: K. Kehoe, D. Brennan, P. Nolan, R. Kelly, D. Magill, J. Whelan, JJ O’Neill, J. Foley, D. Power, P. Ryan, C. Kerins, G. O’Connor, K. O’Grady.
Junior A Football - Donegal 0-13 Aidan McAnespies 1-8
The second junior A finalist was decided Sunday morning. Donegal came from behind late in the second half after looking comfortable in the first. McAnespies opened the second half with a flurry of scores to take a five point lead into the last 10 minutes, but Donegal rallied with seven points on the trot to make the final next Sunday.
The first period saw McAnespies open a two point lead before Donegal got into the game. Aaron Mcloughlin pointed first and was followed by Peadar Nugent. Donegal had most of the possession, but wasted several chances. Points from a Paddy McMyler free followed by a Christy McLoughlin point and a lovely score from Kevin Curran put Donegal ahead. Most of the chances fell to the men from Tir Chonaill who looked the fitter side. Paddy McMyler added another free before the half time whistle, and Rocky Ivers a fifth point followed byPaddy Wanish. McAnespies generated a handful of chances that drifted wide and Donegal led by 0-6 to 0-2 at the break.
Before the second half was five minutes old McAnespies were on top. A burst of scores to open the half from Enda Hamill, Fergus McMahon, and Nigel Regan erased Donegal’s lead. Regan netted in typical fashion from close range and Enda Hamill almost had a second, but Jonathan Byrne got a hand to the shot and tipped it over the bar. McAnespies looked far from sluggish now. The fresh legs of substitutes Hamill and Neil Donaghy gave the team a lift. Fergus McMahon was more involved in the middle while at the back Steven Magill and Barry Smith did well. Paddy Stones added a point and with 10 minutes left Donegal were the ones with the gap to bridge. The northerners came forward in waves and for McAnespies it was all hands to the pump. The breaks in the middle were going to Donegal and three pointed frees on the trot from Kevin Curran and Paddy McMyler closed the gap to three points. Christy Bell had a shot that was destined for the far corner and Smith acrobatically tipped it over the bar. The excitement grew as Bell pointed to level the scores. Barney Friel put the winning score over the bar.
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