Wolfe Tones 4-18 Shannon Blues 1-7
Wolfe Tones kept themselves in contention to defend their junior A football crown with a convincing victory over a lack lustre Shannon Blues. The Game was pretty much done and dusted with 20 minutes played. The Tones had tallied 3-8 before the Blues mustered a score.
The Tones were clearly playing for survival as a win would force at least a mid-week playoff game for fourth place, and depending on the draw might even see them straight into the semis the next weekend. The Tones could afford the take the foot off the gas probably a little sooner then they anticipated. Aaron Molloy netted early, and soon after the man from Oram County Monaghan added a second before 15 minutes had expired. Gavin Walsh added a third with a neat finish with 20 minutes gone. The forwards were on song, with Cormac Joyce-Power on full throttle at center forward, while Sean Kelly added a couple of points to the Tones tally.
The Blues came into the game as half time approached, a couple of Pat Murray frees got them off the mark and Pat Moriarty showed a corner forward for two from play. At the half it was as good as over with the Tones in a 3-10 to 0-4 lead.
The second half was more of the same. Joyce-Power netted a fourth goal and the talk was then about mid-week playoff scenarios. The Blues made some chances to raise their tally, however, the Tones defenders were not in the mood for letting anything anything past. Pauric Miskell even saved a penalty from Pat Murray, but the Weymouth native rattled the net to add some respectability to the scoreboard.
The result put three teams on 8 points for the last 2 semi-final places; and as fate would have it, these two play again Wednesday night for the final spot and date with the Connemara Gaels.
Tones: P. Miskell, A. Rooney, K. Gill, K. O’Regan, P. Collins, B. McShea, N. Mullen, G. Walsh, C. Joyce-Power, A. Moore, A. Molloy, S. Kelly.
Blues: M. Moriarty, M. Keegan, D. O’Brien, S. Eustace, J. Craig, B. Fannon, P. Murray, J. Young, P. Duffy, C. Mullen, D. Kenny, P. Moriarty, A. St. Barnard.
By Rory O'Donnell