Monday, July 20, 2015

Men's Senior Football: Wolfe Tones v Connemara Gaels

Wolfe Tones 5-13 Connemara Gaels 2-8

Wolfe Tones scored a big win over the Gaels in the final game of the day.  Kildare man, Tomas O’Connor, was a massive asset to the Tones at corner forward and accounted for 4 goals.  The Tones played with a combination of speed and strength and 10 minutes into the second half the game was as good as over.

Kieran Murphy and Michael Argue tussle for the ball.
Wolfe Tones held a double scores half time lead thanks to some blistering speed and 2 goals.  Both came from O’Connor.  The Tones moved the ball at speed from the get go, and O’Connor was on hand to finish a move with a fisted effort after the Gaels defence was opened up.  The short kickout bit the Gaels for a second game.  There was miscommunication between Eoin Connolly and Cillian Fahy for an attempted short kickout, and the ball went straight into Tones hands.  The ball found its way to Ciaran Hurley’s hands, and then to the big Clane man who put the ball away for a second time.

The Gaels struggled to contain the speed of the Tones when the South Boston men were moving the ball downfield.  It was direct for the goal and on several occasions there were well worked points.  Ciaran Hurley, Dara McVeety, and Conor McCormack were all on the mark.  Shane O’Connor accounted for the Gaels goal, however, it was a tired and dejected looking Gaels that took the break.   Tones ahead 2-8 to 1-4 at half time.

Tony Brosnan has a pop for the Gaels.
Things got worse shortly after the restart.  McGeary brought O’Connor down just inside the penalty box, and Hurley sent Connolly the wrong way with the shot.  Hurley added another point and the Tones were 11 points to the good.  The Gaels did make a burst afterwards, however for all the effort there was only a goal to show for it.  A move that started with McGeary winning the ball at corner back ended in the back of the Tones net, Brosnan the scorer.  The Gaels then laid siege to the Tones goal for period.  Sean Conneely hit the crossbar, while other chances that fell to the Gaels ended wide of the mark and the Tones lead stood intact at the end of it.

The Tones put an end to the Gaels brief flurry on top in devastating fashion, and again it was O’Connor with a cannon into the bottom corner of the net.  It was pretty much a done deal at that point.  The Gaels kept plugging away, however, were their own worst enemies when trying to move the ball into scoring position, each move breaking down when in the danger zone.  A big win for the Tones who appear to be making the noise in the middle of July. 

Tones:  D. McDonnell, E. Powderly, P. Faulkner, C. McCormack, D. Hyland, D. Maguire, M. Argue, G. Brilly, D. McVeety, M. Farrell, M. O’Brien, T. O’Connor, C. Hurley.  Gaels:  E. Connolly, K. McGeary, C. Fahy, C. Mulkerrins, R. Caffrey, F. Cooney, K. Murphy, S. O’Connor, S. Conneely, N. Graham, F. Burns, M. Farragher, T. Brosnan.

By Rory O'Donnell

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