The weather broke to greet the Connemara Gaels and Aidan McAnespies who opened the senior football championship. It was dry, but cool and breezy and the main field looked in immaculate shape. Though not a masterpiece, it was an evenly contested 60 minutes and full of excitement with the result in doubt until the 60 minutes had passed. McAnespies looked like they might shade the win after Barry Smith pointed with normal time almost up, only for Michael Lundy to hit the back of the net from inside the box in injury time.
|The "signs" are looking good for the Gaels after a great win over Aidan McAnespies|
|Ciaran O'Donnell held Cian Tobin in check |
throughout the game.
The sides traded scores to open the second half, which was a stop start affair. Smith, Ciaran McClean, and Tobin pointed for McAnespies, while for the Gaels it was Graham and Conneely who put three over between them. After Kevin McGrath extended the Gaels lead with a well taken score, McAnespies struck with a goal. Gareth O'Neill who had moved to an advanced position early in the second period won posession in the box, sold a trademark dummy, and netted from inside 14 yards. The score was followed by a fisted point from Tobin and a great effort from 30 yards by Barry Smith. With McAnespies ahead by a point it looked like the win was heading their way, but Michael Lundy had the final say. Noel Graham was found on the wing and fed Lundy who beat his man and fired home. First blood to the Gaels who meet Kerry in their next outing two weeks from now.
Macs: P. Coakley, M. Bogue, E. Delmar, N. Gallen, C. McClean (0-1), A. Lynch (0-1), C. Dempsey, A. Phearson, B. Smith (0-3), G. O'Neill (1-1), E. Hamill, D. Brolly, C. Tobin (0-3). Gaels: E. Connolly, D. Doolan, C. O'Donnell, J. Purcell, E. Gorman, C. Seoighe, T. Mullins (0-1), N. Graham (0-3), S. Conneelly (1-1), T.McDonagh, M. Lundy (1-0), K. McGrath (0-2), J. Geoghegan.
By Rory O'Donnell