Aidan McAnespies 2-12 Christopher’s 1-14
The final game of the day pitted Christopher’s against Aidan McAnespies in a game that both teams needed in the playoff drive. McAnespies featured Derry prodigy Emmet Bradley in the middle of the field, and the Maghera man played well. In one way the champions were fortunate to get the win having won a penalty in the final minute, in another they almost kicked it away and should really have won it by four or five points.
|Both Christopher's midfielders |
up for this kick out.
Before I had time to peruse the team sheets, McAnespies had clocked up a 1-4 to no score lead. Sean Cournane goaled from the get go, and Donie Kingston and Colm Donnelly followed with two points each. A whitewash looked a possibility as Christopher’s appeared unable to cope with their opponents in the middle of the field and were in dire need of a score to settle the team. Seven minutes played and McAnespies seven points up. Christopher’s did settle after Gavin O’Grady pointed and went on to outscore their opponents for the rest of the half to the tune of seven points to two. Daithi Casey and Eoin Gorman each put some great scores over the bar, and the key for Christopher’s was to get the ball into the hands of their dangermen. While the Christopher’s defence tightened things up, McAnespies wasted several good opportunities and after the great start led by four at the half. It really should have been more, and Christopher’s must have been relieved to see themselves still in it.
|Christophers' Shane Flanagan |
plays the ball out of defence.
Three points ensued, O’Grady, Casey, and Tom Clancy each scored and Christopher’s led by a point. Kingston leveled the scores and then Casey put Christopher’s back ahead one more time as the game was in the balance. There was still plenty of twists to come. With each side vying for the decisive score, it was McAnespies who got the opportunity after Colm McCrory was pulled down in the area. The Monaghan man took it himself and netted to put his side two points ahead. His fellow countyman, Daniel McKenna added a point, and it proved to be the winning score since Christopher’s twice pointed in injury time. McAnespies still in the hunt, and Christopher’s will need a win next week when they meet Cork.
Referee: Tadhg Lucey (Corcaigh)
Man of the Match: Colm McCrory (Aidan McAnespies)
Macs: P. Coakley, P. McConway, M. Bogue, N. Gallen, N. McCrory, F. O’Doherty, E. Bradley, G. O’Neill, D. McKenna, C. Donnelly, C. McCrory, D. Kingston, S. Cournane. Christopher’s: P. Kenneally, D. O’Leary, C. Murphy, D. Culhane, B. O’Regan, T. Clancy, S. Flanagan, D. Kenneally, E. Gorman, D. Casey, C. Brady, G. O’Grady, P. Delaney.
By Rory O'Donnell