Monday, July 8, 2013

July 7 - Junior A1 Football: Wolfe Tones v Aidan McAnespies

Aidan McAnespies 1-9 Wolfe Tones 6-10

Wolfe Tones struck 6 goals in an emphatic victory over arch rivals Aidan McAnespies and find themselves top of the table with Donegal after 3 games.  After an evenly contested first half the Tones pulled away in the last 15 minutes of the second with 4 goals.  Some fine kicking by Brian Thornton and a hat trick of goals from Sean Kelly contributed to another win for the Tones over their nemesis.

Brian Thornton on the move again for the Tones
There were 2 goals between the sides at the end of the first 30 minutes.  The Tones started and finished the half well, and in between McAnespies strung together 5 unanswered points.  After the Tones put 2 points over the bar, Sean Kelly hit with a goal to have the Tones up by 5 inside 10 minutes.  The Tones added to their lead as McAnespies struggled to come to grips with the game.  Additional scores from Sean Dalton and Thornton had the Tones up by 8 points, 1-6 to a point.  Then came the McAnespies run.  John Flaherty at center back lifted the side with some good running on the ball, while Enda Hamill and Tom Tuite also did well on the half back line.  Nigel Regan, Benny Morgan, Craig Oliver, and Hamill accounted for 5 points between them and McAnespies were back in touch with just the goal separating the sides.  McAnespies suffered a setback at precisely the wrong time conceding a goal just before half time.  A bad kickout went straight into the hands of Thornton who just had to beat the keeper and the Kilcock man buried the ball.  At the break it was the Tones up by 7, 2-7 to 0-6.

John Flaherty tries to rally his side
and skips past Jonathan Carroll.
Early in the second half, McAnespies Shane Lynn and Regan pegged the lead back to 5 points.  But after Gavin Walsh pointed for the Tones Thornton netted with a great finish using the outside of his right boot.  Cian McEnroe got the goal right back to keep hopes alive for the Macs, but the score signaled a flurry of scores for the Tones who had a strong finish to the game.  Thornton pointed twice with lovely efforts, Shane O'Brien netted a goal after entering the fray, and Sean Kelly goaled twice late in the half to round out a hat trick.  The Tones will face Donegal next week to determine the top dog in the junior division.

Macs:  R. McCrystal, E. Boland, A. Fearson, T. Tuite, J. Flaherty, E. Hamill (0-1), B. Morgan (0-1), S. Lynn (0-1), J. McGourty, G. McAlinden, C. Oliver (0-1), N. Regan (0-3), C. McEnroe (1-2).  Tones:  C. Malone, B. Egan, K. Gill, P. Collins, K. O'Regan (0-1), I. McLaughlin, J. Carroll, A. McEnerney, B. Thornton (2-5), G. Molloy, S. Kelly (3-0), G. Walsh (0-1), S. Dalton. (0-3).  Sub: S. O'Brien (1-0).
By Rory O'Donnell

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