The damage was done in the first half of the game and the Gaels had too much of a mountain to climb in the second period. Three clinical goals by the Wolfe Tones catapulted the team into the Pat O’Brien Cup Final next Sunday. In spite of losing wing forward Sean Kelly to a sending off, the Tones were able to hang on as a late rally from the Gaels ran out of time.
|Wolfe Tones' Cormac Power rounds his man before |
scoring the Tones second goal.
The Gaels were thrown a lifeline early in the second half. Sean Kelly was shown two yellow cards for dissent. The Tones did not appear to be affected and extended their lead. Cormac Power fired two fine points over the bar, Shane O’Brien one, and Marty Farrell a fourth as the Gaels continued to make a huge effort for little reward. Stevie Monaghan, who entered as a sub pointed twice, and provided the Gaels forward line with some life.
|The Gaels Tom Walsh tries to round his man.|
Tones: C. Hynes, D. Maguire, A. Rooney, C. Malone, A. Higgins, M. O’Brien, G. Brilly, K. Regan, B. Blanchfield, C. Power, S. Kelly, D. Bonfil, M.Farrell. Gaels: B. O’Halloran, W. Callaghan, L. Wiley, V. O’Malley, M. Geoghegan, B. Murphy, G. O’Malley, T. McDonagh, J. Geoghegan, T. Walsh, N. Judge, B. Carroll, PJ Kelly.
By Rory O'Donnell