Wolfe Tones 0-12 Shannon Blues 1-13
|Another Boston Championship for the Blues|
It was an up and down battle in the first half with each side making forays into opposition territory with each kickout. Marty Farrell and Sean O’Connor traded three points each to get things going, O’Connor’s left boot was working well as was Farrell’s accuracy from the frees. The Tones then went on a run of four unanswered points. Darragh McVeety put two tremendous efforts over the bar, and Michael Argue another. In the meantime Charles McCarthy had to make way due to an injured leg, and on came Dan McCabe.
|Blues Captain Sean Moriarty presented with the trophy by|
Before the second half was three minutes old the Blues had turned the deficit into a three point lead. Two quick points from Treacy and Moriarty had the teams all square before Treacy finished a strong run with an uncompromising shot that billowed the net. The Tones were not discouraged and their running game paid dividends as they ran at the Blues defence. Frees were conceded by the Blues and Farrell took advantage on two occasions. A Killian Clarke pointed a 45, along with a McCabe point had the Tones level, a Sean O’Connor point came in between for the Blues.
As the game entered the final stretch Hynes pulled off two fantastic saves to keep the Tones in it with the Blues ahead by a point. O’Connor had put the Blues ahead with another excellently taken point before James Walsh had only Hynes between him and a goal. The second chance fell to Darren Wallace as the Tones were hanging on to keep the game from getting away from them. Hynes dived to his left and put the ball out for a 45 that was put over the bar by Niall Murphy. With two points in it and the game still in reach Michael Brosnan and O’Connor each pointed to put two scores in it with time expired. A great win for the Blues who will be looking to bring a North American Final to Boston next weekend once the celebrations die down sometime during the week!
Blues: Conor Wallace, Trevor Wallace, Gareth Ryan, David Clifford, James Walsh, Denis McElligott, Ambrose O’Donovan. Kieran Byrnes, Sean Moriarty, Sean O’Connor, Darragh Treacy, Paul O’Connor, Niall Murphy. Subs: Darren Wallace, Shane Kavanagh. Tones: Cathal Hynes, Killian Clarke, Luke Flynn, Kevin Gorham, Kian Cleere, Mike O’Brien, Gary Brilly, Michael Argue, Darragh McVeety, Glenn O’Connell, Lee Carr, Marty Farrell, Charles McCarthy. Subs: Sean McGuire, Dan McCabe, Cormac Joyce-Power, Darren McGuire.
By Rory O'Donnell