Aidan McAnespies prevailed over Christopher’s in an exciting senior football contest. Conditions were cold and overcast, with a greasy surface not making things easy. Having gone in at the break trailing by four points, McAnespies put their stamp on the game in the second half and held Christopher’s scoreless for most of the period.
|Aidan McAnespies are the last team with a hundred percent record with their win over Christopher's.|
Within 15 minutes of the restart McAnespies had the scores level. Contesting well in the middle of the field and in defence, McAnespies gradually ate into the Christopher’s lead. Sean Cournane converted the first two points, Niall Gallen the third and Mark Little leveled affairs. Christopher’s struggled to get any decent ball into the forwards, and eventually left Eric Hegarty alone to try to exploit the space inside the 21 yard line. Martin Bogue, however, was up to the challenge when the ball came in and Christopher’s did not meet with much success in that regard. Having looked so threatening in the first half, the Christopher’s forwards were very quiet in the second. With Christopher’s stuck inside their own half for much of the second period, McAnespies cut through their defences time and again but could not convert the decisive score. Philip Toner almost found the back of the net but his first time fisted effort on the run hit the post. The go ahead score finally came from a Colm McCrory free with minutes left on the clock. McCrory put an insurance score away with a goal from a move almost identical to the one from which Toner almost netted, but McCrory’s first time touch was over the advancing keeper’s head and into the back of the net. Christopher’s first scores of the second half came within the last five minutes. Shane Beston and Paudie Kenneally pointed when a goal was required as Christopher’s failure to score for 25 minutes of the second half cost them. A hard won game for McAnespies who are now 2 for 2. Plenty of football yet to play.
Christopher’s: S. Kelly, N. Ryan, E. O’Neill, S. McNally, A. Greaney, A. Walsh (1-0), D. Kenneally, K. O’Driscoll, C. O’Driscoll (0-1), P. Delaney, S. Beston (0-3), P. Kenneally (0-1), E. Hegarty (0-2). Macs: C. Kendrick, M. Bogue, A. McAnespie, S. Hughes (0-1), N. Kerr, N. Gallen (0-1), P. Kane, R. Bracken, P. Toner, C. McCrory (1-1), S. Cournane (0-3), P. O’Donoghue, M. Little (0-2).
By Rory O'Donnell