Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Sun Jul 14 - Senior Football: Galway v Aidan McAnespies

Today’s game between Galway and Aidan McAnespies was a battle of contrasts, as Galway were on the hunt for their first victory of the season, and Aidan McAnespies were looking to keep their unbeaten run going. Both teams have added to their panel with McAnespies adding Down and Carryduff player Daniel Guinness to their squad, and Galway adding Monaghan and Aughnamullen player Michael Bannigan to their panel for the days encounter.

McAnespies eventually took matters under control v Galway Sunday.
(Rachel O'Driscoll)
Galway had a compelling start out the game, with a number of points from play from Michael Bannigan (one of which was a great curling point), a free in front of goal from Sean Carrabine, and a point from Sean Melville. Galway added to the Macs woes when Galway sent a great sideline kick across the field into Cian Hanley, who slotted the ball past Robbie Croft. Former Kerry player Tony Brosnan would get the first score for McAnespies to stop the cull. They would further help their cause when the Macs would work the ball up the field from the backs through Brosnan, who would kick it to Robbie Smyth on the edge of the square who would show his skill and spatial awareness, as he kicked in the goal while falling. Galway would not falter however, as the likes of Bannigan would add to his tally of scores, and the macs would keep up with a free from Smyth to tighten scoring gap, Macs in subsequent kickout won the ball in midfield and would end up scoring the last point in the half to go into half time 2 points down.
Macs ran away with it in the end.
The 2nd half would start with Galway trying to extend their now shortened lead, however they’d be unsuccessful, as a number of missed opportunities from the Galway front line, and a superb point from Peter O’Connell, who scored from the 45 from play,  would close the gap back to an even playing field after what was a dominant Galway lead. This would be the last time the teams would be level as the McAnespies went on to find another gear and a new ruthlessness that was missing from them in the first half. Galway would continue to try and get back into the game, but a number of wides and savvy play would put the game out of reach as a number of points from Robbie Smyth, and Peter O’Carroll and Goals from Tony Brosnan, and Seamus Higgins would seal the victory for Aidan McAnespies who continue their unbeaten run in this year’s championship.

Galway continue to look for their first victory when they face Donegal next week July 21st at 2:30, While McAnespies look to continue their strong start when they face Wolftones, also next Sunday at 5pm.

Galway – Jamie Kelly, Mark Mannion, Evan Wynne, Stuart Cullen, Danny Burke, Shairoze Akram, Billy Mannion, Cian Hanley, Sean Melville, Adam Gallagher, Sean Carrabine, Kevin Cummins, Michael Bannigan

McAnespies – Robbie Croft, Oisin McConvey, Ronan Murphy, Mickey Boyle, Barry Kerr, Daniel Guinness, Declan Hughes, Peter O’Connell, Steven O’Hanlon, Evan Cronin, Niall Toner, Tony Brosnan, Robbie Smyth

Written By: Evan McDonagh

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