There was a plethora of football and hurling action around the region this weekend. Games Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the ICC in Canton, Mass. as we as Hartford Ct., Portland Me., and Merrimack, Nh.
On Sunday the men’s and Ladies senior footballers battled it
out at HQ. Donegal added another win to
their championship campaign. The Shannon
Blues held it close in the first half, with just one score between the
teams. Donegal 0-6 and the Blues 0-3 at
the break. In the second half, however,
Donegal ran rampant and banged in two early goals from star players, Shane Carthy
and Corey Gallagher. The point also flowed
with regularity. Carthy, Lee Carr, and
Gallagher adding to the tally. The Blues
pulled a couple of late scores back from Mike Moylan and Dylan Walsh, but it
ended up an impressive 2-17 to 0-5 win for the notherners.
Donegal looked good on Sunday. The Gaels' Colman Mulkerrin
Aidan McAnespies and the Gaels were the second senior football match on the docket for the day and served up a competitive and close run affair. It was a cagey opening with never more than 2 points between the teams. Peter O’Connell was the main marksman for the Macs, and scores for the Gaels came from Jack Bambrick, Patrick Cunningham, and Colman Mulkerrin. The Gaels went in 2 points to the good at the half with Paddy McGee and Ryan Caffrey pointing late. The second half saw the Macs pull ahead, Robbie Croft found his range and Philly McCusker proved a handful at corner forward. The difference maker, however, was a goal from Matty Duane for the Gaels mid-way through the half. The Gaels stretched the lead to 5 before a late penalty saw Croft pull it back to two with the spot kick. The Gaels held on for the win, 1-11 to 1-9.
Also on Sunday, The Ladies senior footballers played out a close game with the Boston Shamrocks coming out on top by a score of 2-12 to 2-9. Friday night saw Christopher’s gather second win in the Junior B Football championship with a 4-8 to 1-6 win over newcomers, Trinity Milton. Saturday saw more junior B action, Donegal came out winners over Kerry by a score of 2-11 to 0-13, while the Connemara Gaels defeated Sean Og’s 4-9 to 1-7. Donegal and Christopher’s on top of the junior B table there in the early going.
Hartford squeaked by Worcester in the
Junior C Football Championship.
Three other states in the region saw GAA action at the weekend. In Connecticut it was the Hartford junior C footballers with a victory by the narrowest of margins over new team, Worcester, 2-11 to 2-10. Further north in Merrimack NH the Worcester junior C hurlers had a 4-19 to 2-18 win over hosts, the Wolves of New Hampshire. In Portland Maine Providence junior C hurlers continued their winning ways with a win against Portland Hurling Club, 7-17 to 3-3.
Next Wednesday, June 23, at 6:00, Offaly and Galway meet in the senior hurling championship.
By Rory O'Donnell
Hartford v Worcester Photo by Hartford GAA