Friday, July 14, 2017

Last Chance Saloon for some on Sunday?

By Rory O'Donnell
Darren Wallace and the Blues meet McAnespies Sunday.
The senior football championship enters the second last round of the league stage on Sunday afternoon at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton.  At 2:30 Donegal, who have not yet dropped any points, meet Christopher’s, who have yet to pick up a point.  Donegal have been motoring along nicely without doing anything spectacular.  With a very strong lineup, especially around the middle of the field, along with the addition if scoring power to the forward line, it is hard to see Donegal not adding another 2 points to their tally, guaranteeing themselves a bye into the semi-finals.  With the exception of their last outing, Christopher’s have been very much in every game this year.  A win could keep them very much in the playoff hunt, and hoping that the Shannon Blues can defeat Aidan McAnespies in the game following.  Chsritopher’s still have something to play for, while being the first team to defeat Donegal this year looks like a long shot, the games are played for a reason.

In the second senior football championship game of the day the Blues and McAnespies face off.  Neither side has really functioned on all cylinders yet.  Last week the Blues looked like they had found their groove, but ended up victim to a huge Galway comeback.  McAnespies too have juggled their lineup to try and find the optimal mix, but have not found the winning formula yet.  There are plenty of quality players, players who can score, carry the ball, and defend.  One win is all there is to show so far for the Macs, however, a point would guarantee them a playoff place.  This could be the game that brings out the best in each side, given the history between the clubs.  Expect a keen contest on Sunday.

Tipperary Hurlers looking to add another win on Sunday.
Junior Hurling sees Brighton teams Galway and Wexford meet in the first game of the day Sunday.  Each side are looking for a first win of the season.  Last time out for each side a good account was given, and neither will want to be the ones left without a win at the end of the day.  The final game of the day also features the junior hurlers, this time Tipperary and Fr. Tom’s.  Tipp juniors have laid waste to all before them so far this season, while Tom’s are a team on course for the semi-finals of this competition.  Tipp will be heavy favourites to add another win, while Tom’s will be hoping to sneak a win against their unbeaten opponents. 

Saturday sees Cork who are two for two in the junior A football competition meet Donegal.  Cork look to be making a push this year for junior honors, however, with reigning champions Donegal in opposition the rebels face a tough test. 

Action away from the ICC sees the Hartford junior footballers host Galway.  Galway have been flying it in the junior B competition, and Hartford have proven to be tough opponents.  It will be a tough test for the central Connecticut men when they meet the westerners.  Portland HC will host the rising Providence hurling club in the junior C competition at the Wainwright Fields in South Portland.  In their second season Providence are learning fast and have two wins to their credit, while Portland are coming off their first victory of the season against Hartford.

Schedule July 15-16

Irish Cultural Center, Canton

Saturday July 15

Field A

5:30 Junior A Football:  Donegal v Cork

Sunday July 16

12:45 Junior A Hurling:  Galway v Wexford

2:00 Youth Games

2:30 Senior Football:  Donegal v Christopher’s

3:45 Senior Football:  Shannon Blues v Aidan McAnespies

5:00 Junior A Hurling:  Tipperary v Fr. Tom Burke’s

Portland, ME

3:00 Junior C Hurling:  Portland v Providence

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