Monday, July 15, 2019

Sat July 13: Junior A Football; Junior A Hurling

Fr. Tom Burke’s 5-26 Galway 0-14

Having lost of Offaly in their first outing of the Junior A Championship, Tom’s gathered 2 points with a win against a Galway team that featured several hurlers who had come through the youth ranks.  After about 15 minutes it was clear that Tom’s were on their way to a hefty victory with goals from Tom Hannan, and two from Conor Ellery.  Tom’s just had too many high caliber players for Galway to handle, but the Tribesmen did post a decent tally of fourteen points.

Tom's Conor O'Kane looks downfield.

Tom’s had a goal and four points on the board before Galway got off the mark.   Old veteran Seamus Higgins got the scoring started with a point, and Ellery added a second.  Tom’s had free taker Conor O’Kane getting into a groove, while Jack Hannan had things under control in the half back line.  Galway got on the bard with a Ken O’Callaghan point, and John Moylan added another shortly afterwards.

Galway however, were outgunned all over the field and by the time the half time whistle sounded, the game was out of sight.  In the second half the Galway side made a better fist of things and all in all for many of their players the game would have been a learning experience with the level of play pushed up a few notches.  After one full round the Junior A championship looks very much like it will be an Offaly versus Tom’s affair.  The teams will meet again 2 weeks from now with Tom’s hoping come back from a 12 point defeat in their first meeting.

Galway:  Aidan Joyce, David Barlow, Colm O’Malley, Greg Lundy, Corey Buckley, Patrick Moylan, Ryan Garry, Michael Moylan, Cormac Kelly, John Moylan, Kevin Joyce, Niall Galvin, Kenneth Callaghan.

Tom’s:  Fran Keenan, Peter Boylan, Paddy Critchley, Seamus Higgins, Jack Hannan, Sean O’Brien, Conor O’Kane, Conor Costello, Fionn O’Dowd, Tom Hannan, Rian Maher, Chris O’Donoghue, Conor Ellery.

Junior A Football

Wolfe Tones 1-9 Donegal 0-16

Donegal finished stronger in this battle of the top 2 teams in the junior A football championship.  With the teams level at the break, it was Donegal who had the extra push in the final 15 minutes to pull away and secure the win.

Corey Gallagher and Jim Lynch rise for the ball.
The Tones got off to a great start with points from Ryan Lamb and Cormac Joyce-Power, followed by a goal by Dylan Murtagh.  The local youngster did well to meet a high ball on the edge of the square and fist it home.  After Kane Barrett and Lamb swapped points it was Donegal who started picking off the points to the tune of 5 unanswered.  Colm Headon, Dara Lawler and Barrett were all on the mark as Donegal threatened to take a hold of the game.  The Tones pulled level before the break with back to back efforts from Lamb and Joyce-Power to make it a 1-4 to 0-7 half time score.

The second half, however, was Donegal’s.  Colm Haydon controlled affairs in the middle of the field, and the St. Vincent’s clubman picked out his passes without looking rushed.  Kevin O’Brien entered play for the Tones following an injury to Richie Gunne.  With Donegal up by 2 points and coming into the final 15 minutes, the Tones efforts at attacks became stalled in the half forward line more often than not.  Donegal on the other hand kept things moving on the scoreboard.  Barrett, Carr, Ciaran McDevitt and Corey Gallagher tallied scores to pull Donegal away and secure a valuable win.

Tones:  Pat Callaghan, Richie Gunne, Darren Maguire, Keith Gill, James Farrell, Pat Collins, Ian Whelan, Jim Lynch, Michael Kerr, Cormac Joyce Power, Barry McShea, Ryan Lamb, Dylan Murtagh.

Donegal:  Pauric McLaughlin, Mark Canney, Paul McNulty, Declan McBride, Sean Winston, Gavin Reilly, Corey Gallagher, Darren Grant, Dara Lawler, Colm Hayden, Ciaran McDevitt, Ashley Carr, Kane Barrett.
by Rory O'Donnell

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