Easy Pickings for Jersey Boys
Hoboken 6-20 Rockland 1-7
Hoboken qualified for a junior hurling final meeting with defending champions the Bronx with a comprehensive victory against a valiant but over matched Rockland side.
While the second half was closer, the first period was so dominated by Hoboken that it was all cosmetic in the final 30 minutes. The winners will have no fears heading into the final after this brilliant win on a sun drenched Sunday.
Hoboken opened with a 2-4 salvo before Rockland got on the board. Sean Wynne and Paul Loughnane were the goal scorers, and already the writing was on the wall.
They began with several wides before the powerful outburst of scores, such was their dominance.
ockland remained scoreless for 12 minutes before a Kevin McKay free got them on the board.
The Rockland half-forward line and midfielders had trouble winning puck-outs and it showed as Hoboken capitalized on the high ball. Rockland twice had opportunities for goal, but was denied each time by strong defending from the Hoboken corner backs.
The first half ended with a score of 3-14 to 0-4 in favor of the Jersey Boys.
The second half continued with much of the same. Rockland couldn’t find a way to battle for the high balls and Hoboken converted regularly, with scores coming in bursts.
Cosgrove and Purcell had majors and the deep bench of the winners had a huge contribution for the side.
The game did have a break in the action when a small skirmish occurred, but after yellow cards for Meehan and Petit the game went back into predictable fare.
Rockland fought valiantly and pulling together an attacking streak, but were unable to close on their opportunities. Hoboken earned their place in the final with room to spare.
Hoboken has a deep panel that will be hard to hold in the county final. Reilly, Egan, Loughnane, Purcell and Meehan all had major roles in the victory.
McKay, Petit, Flynn and Moroney all tried valiantly to the end for Rockland.
Rockland: 1 John Nolan, 2 Luke Keogh, 4 Darren Pettit, 5 Chris Dalton, 6 Kevin McKay (1-3), 7 Logan McIntyre, 8 Keith McGeough (0-2), 9 Dean Murphy, 10 Chris Dalton, 11 Jimmy Flynn, 12 Robert Jackson (0-2), 13 Martin Flynn, 15 Stephen Maroney.
Hoboken: 1 Colm Reilly, 2 Conor Costigan, 4 Noel O’Gorman, 5 James Egan, 6 Seamus O’Grady (1-0), 7 PJ Delaney (0-2), 8 Pat Egan (0-2), 9 Darren Coffey (0-2), 10 Kaelin O’Hare, 11 Paul Loughnane (1-1), 12 Sean Wynne (2-1), 13 Adrian Purcell (0-9), 15 Fintan Meehan (0-2), 16 David Cosgrove (1-0), 17 Mike Kennelly, 18 Declan Hogan, 19 Trooler O’Connor, 20 Brian Cosgrove, 21 Danny Kane, 22 Matt Coin, 23 Brian Cosserly, 24 J. Flynn, 25 Tim Morgan, 26 Conor McInerney (2-1), 27 Seamus O’Driscoll, 28 Mike Smith, 29 Eamonn Riordan.
Man of the match: Adrian Purcell (Hoboken).
Goals the Difference for Cavan
Cavan 4-13 Armagh 1-11
FOUR goals in the second half were the crucial difference for Cavan in the first senior football contest on Sunday. Eric Bradley and Ryan O’Hare had a brace each that helped the side to pull away.
Cavan opened the game with a 0-4 to 0-1 lead courtesy of some hard work from O’Hare and full forward Graham Guilfoyle, who took Cavan to a three point lead before Seamus Toner was able to get Armagh on the board after a superb play by Kevin McGeeney, who carried through three defenders before laying off to the scorer.
Cavan maintained their control, however, with Paddy McCullough getting on the board and James Connolly scoring a point from what seemed sure to be a goal.
It wasn’t until the spread reached four points that Armagh woke up and came back to win the half thanks in large part to the three points Richie Morgan put over in a short span. Kenny Cox and Colm O’Hanlon both had parts to play in the mix as they helped out with strong passing play.
Cavan would show they weren’t down yet, however, with Eoin Carew scoring after two good moves to put two defenders on their heels to leave the half time score 0-8 to 0-7 for Armagh.
The second half opened with a trend that began before the break. The passing creating a move was excellent, but the final shot was off.
After a brief drought, the scoring was opened in dramatic fashion as Mike Kennedy carried the ball the length of the pitch and crossed to O’Hare, who miscued his first attempt on goal but wouldn’t make the same mistake twice as he shook the net.
Armagh would get two points, one each from Toner and Morgan, before Cavan would strike again with a goal from Bradley. This time it was Carew who started the move, passing through four of the Cavan forwards before it reached Bradley, who deftly placed it off the inside of the post and in past the Armagh keeper.
Armagh had one more big burst in them which resulted in a penalty off a soft free in the square, which O’Hanlon pushed through expertly, but it was soon canceled out as Cavan added another pair of goals to the count.