Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Senior Football - Aidan McAnespies v Shannon Blues

Aidan McAnespies 2-13 Shannon Blues 1-9

In what was the conclusion of the first day of the restarted Senior Football Championship, Aidan McAnespies faced off against the Shannon Blues.  In this season of all home based players from top to bottom, each team also featured several home grown players which is certainly an encouraging sign for the sport taking root in the area. 

Aidan McAnespies with a win in their first outing.

The game started off evenly enough, with each team scoring one after the other in what was an attacking and heated start, with a few high temper moments. But it was the duo of Robbie Croft, who was the free taker on the day, and Peter O’Connell, to lead the way for McAnespies to grow the lead. 

In a very heated battle which had moments of high tempers, the Blues tried to fight back and a valiant save from keeper Conor Mullen kept them in it until a great 1-2 play between Aidan O’Malley and Peter O’Connell lead to the Macs scoring their first goal (By A.O’Malley) before the break. 

The McAnespies started the 2nd half just how they ended it with another goal, this time by Steven Ward, who made a great run off a breaking ball from Midfield.  A goal from the Shannon Blues soon after gave a glimmer of hope for a comeback, but on this day, the McAnespies were a little too good and ran out the victors winning with the scoreline 2-13 to 1-9. 

Macs:  J. Lake, E. Delmer, G. Dillon, S. McGarr, E. Gormley, N. Murphy, S. Ward, E. Ward, P. O’Connell, D. Murphy, R. Croft, P. McCusker, A. O’Malley.

Blues:  C. Mullen, L. Bradley, E. Shay, B. Fannan, S. Kelly, D. O’Brien, M. young, P. Murray, M. Moylan, D. Wallace, J. young, E. Brennan, J. Feeney.

By Evan McDonagh

Photo by Rachel O'Driscoll (https://rachelmariecreative.pixieset.com)

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