Aidan McAnespies 1-5 Donegal 2-16
The revamped junior championships started on a hot early summer Sunday with Aidan McAnespies and Donegal opening the Junior A1 section. Donegal looked impressive as the 2012 champions swept aside the challenge of McAnespies. A goal in each half, the first from Pauric McLaughlin and the second from Christy McLaughlin underlined Donegal's dominance and though McAnespies toiled for the 60 minutes to try and get something from the game, they could not keep up with their opponents.
|Two stalwarts, Donegal's Michael McGinty |
and McAnespies Shane Lynn.
The second half began with McAnespies setting about their business with a purpose. Points from Peadar Nugent and a dead ball kick from keeper Ryan McCrystal reduced the deficit to two points as things heated up in the middle of the field. Again, Donegal clicked and settled, and began to play some nice passing football, linking well out of the back line. The lead was quickly restored to four points, and then it was extended as Christy Bell, Darren Green, and Pauric McLaughlin extended the gap to nine points. Donegal netted a second time as Christy McLaughlin finished a sweeping move that also involved Kevin Curran and Pauric McLaughlin. Donegal making a statement in the junior football ranks and looking serious about retaining the Pat Callaghan Cup.
Macs: R. McCrystal (0-1), G. Treanor, G. McLinden, E. Daly, B. Morgan, P. McCusker, S. Lynn, N. Donaghy, C. Oliver, J. McGourty (0-1), E. Hamill (0-2), P. Nugent (0-1), N. Regan (1-0). Donegal: E. McCarney, N. McLoughlin, K. Connaghton, S. Wogan, E. Doonan, Paddy McLoughlin, R. Ivers, D. McBride, D. Green (0-3), C. McLoughlin (0-7), Pauric McLaughlin (1-2), D. McDaid (0-1), J. Lyroncky. Sub: M. McGinty. Subs: C. Bell (0-2), K. Curran (0-1).
By Rory O'Donnell
The second junior A1 game that was scheduled was awarded to
due to Armagh-Notre
Dame not turning up for the fixture. Cork
Junior B Football Result
Aidan McAnespies 1-10 Donegal 2-18