Sunday, July 15, 2012

Senior Football: Tones Banish Macs Demons

Senior Football

Aidan McAnespies 2-7 Wolfe Tones 1-14

There was a large crowd on hand to witness the meeting of Wolfe Tones and Aidan McAnespies in a big game for both clubs, tie in the local rivalry and you have a recipe for a hard hitting competitive encounter.  The Tones played some good passing football and ended up turning the tables on their local nemesis.  Michael Newman put in another man of the match performance at center forward and the Kilmainham man was key to much of the forward lines success.

Macs Emmet McGuckian and
Kieran Lynch of the Tones.
There was plenty of good, committed football in the first half and the pace of the game was fast.  McAnespies netted the only goal of the half and it was a well worked score.  Colm McCrory was found in the corner and worked the opening past his man and passed to Gareth O’Neill whose shot come off the inside of the post and into the back of the net.  A huge boost for the Macs who were trailing by a point at the time.  The Tones did not waste any time answering with a fine point from Gary Brilly who maintained his focus throughout the game.  Play moved up and down the field at speed, with both sides working the ball well, but there were some uncharacteristic misses on both sides.  The Tones got scores from Newman, Cormac Joyce-Power, Farrell, and James Doyle.  The points for McAnespies came from Emmet Bradley, Daniel “Yankee” McKenna, and Ciaran Treanor who had entered the fray as a substitute.

Macs Daniel "Yankee" McKenna
and the Tones Fergal Conway.
With the game tied at the break the first 10 minutes of the second half can make or break you.  It made the Tones and broke McAnespies. The Tones came out with more intensity and within 10 minutes burst into a lead of six points.  Three points were rattled off, one from Joyce-Power, who got his opportunity to start due to an injury to Barry Grogan, and two from Newman.  Collie Carr then put away a tremendous goal from a tight angle as he broke inside the McAnespies defence, and the Tones were had the bit between the teeth.  McAnespies had to find an answer if they were to drag themselves back into it, and it came in the form of Fergal O’Doherty.  The wing back made a run upfield to setup Sean Cournane who goaled on his second attempt.  However, the Tones answered in fine style, and worrying style from the point of view of the other challengers for the title.  Four points on the trot more than restored the Tones lead as they did not let the score rattle them.  The blue team played the ball around well while McAnespies tried frantically to run the ball up the field as the game slipped away.  With five minutes to go a Colm McCrory point was all that Macs could muster to eat into the lead.  McAnespies launched some late attacks in a desperate search for goals, but could only and yield four points.  A huge psychological win for the Tones and Macs could find themselves on the outside looking in this year with two tough games left to go against Donegal and Connemara Gaels.

Referee:  John Fitzpatrick (New York)

Man of the Mach:  Michael Newman (Wolfe Tones).

Tones:  R. McKeon, D. Dalton, P. McGuirk, F. Conway, K. Lynch, K. Dias, S. Hurley, G. Brilly, C. Joyce-Power, M. Farrell, M. Newman, J. Doyle, C. Carr.  Macs:  P. Coakley, M. Slane, M. Bogue, N. Gallen, P. McConway, F. O’Doherty, G. O’Neill, E. Bradley, C. Donnelly, E. McGuckian, D. McKenna, C. McCrory, D. Kingston.

By Rory O'Donnell

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