By Rory O’Donnell
On a chilly Sunday afternoon the Gaelic footballers of BC and the Irish Sports Youth League got the ball rolling for the 2017 outdoor season when the teams met in a very exciting challenge match at the Irish Cultural Center. With the last of the late winter snows still visible in corners of the grounds at the ICC, the players of each team got down to business and played out a competitive 60 minutes of football. BC had the upper hand in the goals column, while the local minors picked off their points as the game ebbed and flowed up and down the field.
|Boston College Gaelic Football Team|
|Irish Sports Youth League Minor Team|
The final tally would give victory to BC by a score of 2-12 to 8-4, but the score was secondary to a great game of football and what might prove to be an annual event that works towards the development of the game in the region. The Gaelic football club at Boston College has been in existence for the past several years, and it was a great opportunity for the team to get some competitive action at the local level, and vice versa for the minors. The ISYL are planning to enter a minor team into the Junior B football competition this season and BC are looking towards the All American competition in Philly in April.
Team Captains Dennis Harrington (ISYL) and
Brian O'Connell (BC), with Ellen Joyce.
A presentation to each captain, BC’s Brian O’Connell, and the ISYL’s Dennis Harrington to mark the occasion.
ISYL Minors: Declan O’Sullivan, Peter Bannon, Shane Kenny, John Kenny, Aidan Joyce, John O’Doherty, Stephen Joyce, Aidan Cadogan, Sean Winston, Dennis Harrington, Declan Harrington, Emmet Smith, Colm O’Malley, Gerard Gannon, Jerrard Davoran, Liam Davoran, Matthew Duane, Michael Kerr, Devin Corbin, Nessan O’Donnell.
Boston College: Sean O’Rourke, Aidan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Connell, David Sage, Peter Herlihy, Patrick Toppin, Chandler Williams, Danny Gardner, Tom Rogan, Joe Kenny, Zach Lynch, Brian Crowley, Patrick Doyle, John King, Brian O’Connell, Jack Daum, David Saustad, Sean White, Andrew Provines, Joseph Bauer, John Pugh, Rory O’Donnell, David O’Connor.