Sunday, April 17, 2011

Christopher's v Aidan McAnespies

Aidan McAnespies 2-8 Christopher’s 1-5

It was an about turn for McAnespies in this game who lined out with namesake and nephew of the man the club is named after at corner back. Christopher’s dominated proceedings for the first period but a half time change turned the game on its head and McAnespies ended up winners with a score to spare.

Steven Magill and Noel Ryan
Patrick Delaney and Dan Kenneally had a decided advantage over the first half, and Paudie Kenneally caused havoc for the McAnespies back line. Paudie Kenneally opened Christopher’s account with a goal with a shot from close range having an identical chance a couple of minutes earlier. John Moylan and Manning each pointed for Christopher’s before Paudie Kenneally stroked a beautiful effort over the bar. With McAnespies second best to everything it looked as if a whitewash could be on the cards. Kenneally pointed again and Christopher’s led by a goal and four to no score. Just before half time Macs got a critical goal. Colm McCrory had pointed a free when Cronan Dempsey made a foray forward from his center back position and blasted home close range to get McAnespies on the scoreboard and bring the game back to a one score difference.

McAnespies brought Neil Donaghy off the bench and into midfield for the second half, and Philip Toner took up a wing forward position. The change worked a charm from the viewpoint of McAnespies. Niall Kerr pointed from the throw-in with a shot that bounced once and over the bar. Donaghy followed with another point, and then Toner, who looked more at home at wing forward, leveled the scores. McAnespies heightened focus was evident and worked as a team. Christopher’s now were the side looking for answers and finding none. Toner drew the sides level with a shot from the wing. With McAnespies in the ascendancy the what looked so hard in the first half seemed so easy in the second. The points continued to flow, Peadar Nugent, Toner, and Colm McCrory fired their team into a four point lead before John Moylan stemmed the tide with a point for Christopher’s. A goal would have leveled things for Christopher’s, a good move involving Niall Kerr, Niall Gallen, Peadar Nugent and finished by Steven Magill resulted in a deciding goal. McAnespies advance but not without some questions being asked in the first half.

Macs: T. Chute, A. McAnespie, M. Bouge, J. Roche, C. Dempsey, N. Gallen, N. Kerr, P. Toner,O. McCusker, C. McCrory, J. Kindregan, S. Magill, P. Nugent. Christophers: K. McEnrey, N. Ryan, J. Duane, R. Holmes, D. Powell, C. Nolan, D. Kenneally, P. Delaney, P. Manning, S. Kelly, J. Moylan, P. Kenneally, P. Bannon.

By Rory O'Donnell

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