Connemara Gaels 1-14 Wolfe Tones 1-13
The Connemara Gaels pulled of the narrowest of victories against the Wolfe Tones in a very well played, exciting junior football match on Sunday afternoon. The Tones will consider themselves unlucky not to have come away with at least a draw, but a couple of goal line stops and some tight defending helped the Gaels to a victory in their first junior football outing of the season.
|The Gaels and Tones tangled in a classic junior football encounter on Sunday.|
It was all square after 30 minutes. Conor Murphy had an early say with 2 points early on for the Tones while for the Gaels it was Mattie Byrne and Noel Duggan opening their account. The Tones pulled away and began to put some distance between the teams with scores from John Carroll, Sean Kelly, and Murphy and looked to be gaining control over affairs. The Gaels struck with a goal from Byrne to level the scores and break the Tones momentum. The teams swapped points to end the opening half, Cormac Joyce-Power with two lovely efforts that sailed between the posts.
|Brendan Walsh on the ball for the Gaels.|
The Gaels took the game to the Tones shortly after the restart and tallied some good scores from Seha Coney and Brendan Walsh. The westerners though had Stephen Murray and Darren Leech to thank for a goal line stop each as thee Tones had chances to add a goal to their tally. Meanwhile at the other end the Gaels made hay in large part through the boot of Coney. Coney’s free taking was accurate, and with the Gaels moving the ball well out of the back line there were plenty of chances from the dead ball as they forced several fouls.
The Gaels built a five point lead, however, the Tones got their goal opportunity with a penalty for a foot block in the large rectangle. Joyce-Power kicked high and into the roof of the net to reduce the gap to two points, and followed with another. Unfortunately for the Tones, time ran out before there was a chance to level affairs.
Gaels: S. Murray, D. Leech, C. McCabe, C. Conroy, E. Lanigan, K. Walsh, K. Rice, T. McDonagh, AJ Maguire, M. Byrne, N. Duggan, B. Walsh, K. McCarthy. Tones: P.Miskell, D. Braniff, G. Leonard, P. Collins, P. Faulkner, C. Murphy, N. Crow, C. Joyce-Power, K. Regan, G. Walsh, S. Kelly.
By Rory O'Donnell