|Referee Barney Curran with Captains, |
Robbie Croft (Macs) and Ryan Caffrey (Gaels).
There were 4 Pat O’Brien Cup games played, with some good football involved and the day ended with a very entertaining game between McAnespies and the Connemara Gaels. The competition format consists of 2 groups with the winners of each meeting in the final. The first encounter saw a Group B contest between Donegal “B” and Galway. The Donegal team had the measure of their opponents and ran out winners by a score of 3-8 to 1-4. Next up was another Group B contest between a combined Wolfe Tones/Christopher’s team and Kerry. The combined side got off well and built up a lead in the first half, but Kerry got their act together for the second and tallied some good scores, but were always chasing a lost cause. It ended 3-12 to 2-8 for the Tones/Christopher’s.
Group A saw the Donegal “A” team take on the Shannon Blues. Donegal put in a good team performance in their first outing and coasted to a 2-12 to 1-3 win to get their season off to a start. They will face sterner tests in the games to follow judging from the bruising, goal laden, encounter between the Gaels and McAnespies. The Gaels got out of the blocks to a 0-8 to 0-1 lead, but McAnespies hit for a major with less than 10 minutes to half time and the floodgates opened with another 7 scores in the goals column for the 2019 senior finalists. The final score was 8-4 to 1-11 for McAnespies. So, Group A has Donegal “A” and McAnespies each with a win, and in Group B it is Donegal “B” and Tones/Christopher’s in pole position.
We look forward to the next weekend’s games.
2:30 Grp B - Kerry v Donegal “B”
3:30 Grp B - Wolfe Tones/Christopher’s v Galway
4:30 Grp A - Shannon Blues v Connemara Gaels
5:30 Grp A – Aidan McAnespies v Donegal “A”