Old rivals, Aidan McAnespies and Wolfe Tones met in the first of the Junior A Football semi-finals over the weekend. The Tones looked comfortably in charge for most of the game, especially after Ger Molloy goaled early in the second half. McAnespies launched a late charge to draw level with minutes left and the sides fought for the breakthrough to get the winning score. In the end it was Tones substitute Dara Bonfil who put the final point over the bar in the final minute.
|Wolfe Tones Junior A's will face Donegal next week.|
McAnespies continued to try hitting Donaghy who was playing at full forward to generate openings while in contast, the Tones running style served them well. After Joey Farrell pointed to get the second period going, Ger Molloy picked up on a loose ball and blasted home from inside the 14. The Tones maintained their advantage over the ensuing period, but would find themselves reined in by their opponents. McAnespies put four points together without reply. It started with Steven McAleer followed by three Steven Magill frees. McAnespies were on top now and were urged on by their supporters to go for the win and join their junior B’s in a final next weekend. However, the Tones gathered themselves to make one last effort. Molloy found Shane O’Brien who in turn passed to subsitiute Dara Bonfil coming down the middle, and Bonfil put a perfect shot over the bar. As McAnespies tried to come back again for the equalizer, the Tones shut up shop and kept them at bay until the final whistle. A narrow win on the scoreboard, but a deserved win for the Tones. Donegal await in next Saturday’s final.
Macs: N. Duffy, J. Harkin, N. Gallen, C. Traynor, C. Dempsey, N. Hassey, S. Lynn, G. Hennessey, S. McAleer, P. Stones, S. Magill, O. McCusker, N. Donaghy. Tones: W. O’Dowd, C. O’Callaghan, A. Rooney, C. Malone, D. Maguire, K. Gorham (0-1), P. Collins, D. Kinahan (0-1), J. Farrell (0-2), G. Molloy (1-2), A. McGeough (0-1), M. Sammon (0-1), M. McGeough (0-3). Sub: D. Bonfil (0-1).
By Rory O'Donnell