Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sat Aug 19 - Junior A Football Semi-Final: Cork v Aidan McAnespies

Cork 0-14 Aidan McAnespies 1-7

Defending champions Cork came through their semi-final with a 4 point win over McAnespies.  Cork looked good value for the win at the break as the rebels held a 5 point lead and looked in control.  Early in the second half McAnespies came back to reduce the gap to 2 points before Cork pulled away again in the latter stages.

Cork center back, Alan Murphy, on the ball.
It was the sure kicking of Adam Ryan that had Cork in the ascendancy in the opening half.  Ryan slotted 4 frees over the bar as Cork held the advantage in most areas of the field.  Brendan Turley also contributed on the scoreboard, as did Alan Murphy and Jack Lynch.  The Cork men worked the ball well into the forward line and from back to front looked well on top.  McAnespies created a handful of chances and Lorcan Mallon converted two, with one added from Gareth O’Neill to make it 0-8 to 0-3 half time score.

McAnespies came back in the second half to test their opponents.  James Rigney did well in the half back line, and McAnespies tallied 4 points to Cork’s one in the first 15 minutes following the restart.  Mallon almost netted, however, Mark Farrelly made a brilliant foot save to deny the McAnespies center forward.  After Mallon finished a well worked move to put 2 points in it, Cork regained the advantage.  Sean O’Donovan pointed and was followed by two scored from Ryan.  Cork restored the lead to 7 points before a last minute goal from a JP Gallagher penalty gave some consolation to McAnespies.

Cork: Mark Farrelly, Mike Carolan, Stephen Lambert, Seamus Loftus, Alan Murphy, Conor Jalim, Jack Lynch, Cormac Clarke, Adam Kenny, Brendan Turley, Emmet Smith, Seanie O’Donovan, Adam Ryan.
Macs:  Gareth McAlinden, Sean Clifford, Kyle Morrison, Marty Bogue, Jimmy Rigney, Mickey Boyle, Eoin Ward, Conor Bogue, Shane McKenna, Lorcan Mallon, Ciaran Wallace, Gareth O’Neill, Jason Knight.

By Rory O'Donnell

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