Wolfe Tones 2-8 Shannon Blues 1-3
Conditions were less then ideal when the Tones and Blues met Saturday afternoon to decide who would advance to the Junior A Football final. The wet greasy conditions did not lend themselves to perfect football, but it was an incident filled game that the Tones did well to come out on top in. The outcome revolved around a second half penalty that would have drawn the Blues level with a man advantage. Gary Henry’s kick was well placed but came off the underside of the crossbar.
|Wolfe Tones Juniors will defend their title next week versus Donegal.|
There was just one score from play in the opening period, Mike O’Brien fought hard to create an opening and put the ball over from a tight angle. The Tones established a lead through the opportunities that came from free kicks, and Mick Sammon was on the mark for three. Gary Henry popped over the Blues lone score of the half from a 21-yard free as they struggled to create many openings. The Tones did a little better working the ball forward through Kevin Keelan, Gavin Walsh, and Ger Molloy. At the break it was 0-4 to 0-1 in favour of the Tones.
|Shannon Blues Junior A Team|
The Blues got the second period off to the best possible start with a well worked goal. Pat Murray was the link man all the way through, and was the finisher from 14 yards. After Mick Sammon pointed from a free the Tones netted a goal of their own. Center back, Cormac Davey too a speculative shot from distance as the Blues defence frustrated the Tones, and Kevin Gorham may have tipped the ball into the net and wrong footed Blues keeper, Declan Hawes. The Tones had to play the final 20 minutes of the game with a man down after Mick Sammon was red carded for an incident after the ball was played. The Blues had a chance to draw level after Maurice Young’s shot was illegally blocked in the penalty area. After a second chance, Gary Henry’s kick came off the underside of the crossbar and the omens did not look good for the Blues. The Tones added to their lead with a goal from Marty McGeough, the opening was created by some good running from Mike O’Brien and Gavin Walsh. Instead of what could have been a tied game, the Blues were down by six points. The Tones worked hard to make up for the deficit in personnel, Walsh and Gorham added points and with less then 10 minutes left the Blues were looking at closing a seven point gap. The Tones played out the remaining time and advance to the final next Sunday where they meet Donegal.
Referee: Syl Doyle (Loch Garman)
Man of the Match: Mike O’Brien (Wolfe Tones)
Tones: B. Murray, A. Rooney, K. Gill, M. O’Brien, C. Davey, E. Carr, K. Keelan, J. Farrell, G. Walsh, G. Molloy, K. Gorham, M. Sammon, J. Carroll. Blues: D. Hawes, M. Moriarty, C. Fitzgerald, C. Mullins, C. Wallace, T. Hernon, N. Murray, P. Murray, M. Flynn, K. Killeen, E. Driscoll, J. Feeney, G. Henry.
By Rory O'Donnell