Monday, June 22, 2015

Senior Football: Aidan McAnespies v Wolfe Tones

Wolfe Tones 1-11 Aidan McAnespies 4-11

A minutes silence was observed before the throw-in in memory of the victims of the Berkeley tragedy. 

By the end of the opening period McAnespies had built up a healthy eleven point lead thanks to three goals and some solid defending.  Wolfe Tones struggled throughout, and the goals had an obvious dispiriting effect on the side.  Having had a chance to regroup at the break the Tones put in a far better performance in the second half, and had McAnespies supporters shifting uncomfortably in their seats for a bit.  However, with the large lead and the ability to spring a score when the Tones crept too close, McAnespies came out with a third win from three games.

McAnespies' Danny Tallon and Tones' Pauric Faulkner tangle.
A blistering first half performance saw McAnespies into an 11 point lead at the break.  Michael Day was the leader in the middle of the field this week, and up front Chris Healy was in good form netting a fine goal on the stroke of half time having just missed an easier opportunity a minute beforehand.  The defence too was on top, working hard to close the spaces and force the Tones into overplaying the ball. 

Day opened the scoring with a point, and the Headford man was in for a goal 15 minutes later.  McAnespies first goal had an air of good fortune about it.  Healy’s free from the 21 hit the post and Danny Tallon was first on it to fire home from close range.  The Tones labored to make any inroads, there were two fine scores from Neil Flynn and Dan McCabe, however, when faced with a McAnespies attack the Tones had the look of a side that was resigned to its fate.

Wolfe Tones Mike O'Brien and keeper Pauric Miskell couldn't prevent the out of picture
Michael Day from fisting home McAnespies' second goal.
The Tones found belief in the second half and played with much more urgency and purpose. Marty Farrell provided the finishing touch after the Tones capitalized on a turnover in McAnespies own half.  Four points on the trot followed and the Tones play had some spark to it throughout the field.  Ciaran Hurley and Farrell converted and although a comeback was still a long shot, the turn in fortunes had some observers concerned.  Chris Healy eventually broke the duck and pointed, the Kildare man found some room after an early ball into his corner to make it a clean 2 goal lead with 15 minutes left.

The sides traded scores to enter the final stretch and a goal was badly needed if the Tones were going to set up an exciting finale.  In spite of some slick passing moves out of defence, the Tones could not find a route to goal as McAnespies back line played it tight.  Healy pointed with 5 minutes to go to make it a three score game, and the points now looked safe for McAnespies.  An injury time goal embellished the result, and McAnespies must be feeling good with a 3 for 3 start to the championship.

Tones:  P. Miskell, P. Faulkner, E. Powderly, M. O’Brien, G. Brilly, D. McGuire, A. Molloy, T. O’Connor, M. Farrell, D. McCabe, G. Troy, C. Hurley, N. Flynn.  Macs:  M. McMahon, M. Bogue, E. Kerins, R. Kennedy, B. Greenan, F. McGeough, J. Brickland, M. Day, G. O’Neill, C. Donnelly, R. Dougan, C. Healy, D. Tallon.

By Rory O'Donnell

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