Sunday, July 25, 2021

Playoffs in Sight as Season Reaches Climax

 Boston GAA

By Rory O’Donnell

Finally the season picked back up following what seemed like a lengthy break between the July 4 holiday and weather related postponements.  Championships are reaching the business end of things and the next week will sort out a lot.

There were interesting developments in the Junior B football championship with some make-up games in mid-week.  Kerry had to play a Tuesday and Friday night games against Christopher’s and Sean Og’s respectively, and in each went down narrowly; a 4-11 to 3-10 loss to Christopher’s was followed by a 2-12 to 3-8 defeat to Sean Og’s.  The results put Kerry hoping that Christopher’s can defeat the Connemara Gaels next Sunday, or that Trinity can turn Sean Og’s Tuesday night to keep the Kingdom in the picture with a playoff for a semi-final place.  Donegal and Christopher’s are in, and if the Gaels and Sean Og’s also win their games, these are the 4 semi-finalists.

Shane Carthy Shoots for Donegal.
(Photo by Rachel O'Driscoll.)

The Senior Football championship saw Donegal and Aidan McAnespies face off in an ill-tempered affair that saw a 25 minute delay after McAnespies goalkeeper Jack Lake carted off in an ambulance after he fell awkwardly on his back and could not get up.  Latest news was that Jack was up and walking and we wish Jack all the best for a full recovery.  The game took a long time to pick up any kind of head of steam, with injury delays and the 4 weeks layoff clearly having affected both teams.  The first score of the game was a Nicky Kelly goal with the assist from Sean Winston.  Winston added a point for Donegal late in the disjointed half, and Peter O’Connell saved McAnespies blushes with a pointed ’65 before the break to make it 1-1 to 0-1 in Donegal’s favour.

The second half was much improved with both sides more cohesive.  Donegal opened a 7 point lead with a string of scores from Lee Carr, Kelly and Shane Carthy.   Robbie Croft provided hope for the Macs, scoring 4 points, 3 frees and nice point from play and with 4 points between the sides, McAnespies pushed Donegal for the last 10 minutes and applied some pressure to the northerners defence.  Donegal kept the door closed, and finished the game with a Shane Carthy goal and point to put the game to bed.  Donegal still to lose, and will face the Connemara Gaels next Sunday. 

Dan O'Regan Tries to Stop Mike O'Brien.
(Photo by Rachel O'Driscoll.)

The Junior A football championship also had a mid-week victory for Galway over Cork to keep that competition open heading in the decisive last few games.  Sunday also featured an interesting match where the Wolfe Tones pulled out a 1-10 to 0-10 victory against Cork, all in spite of having to keep a trio of injured players on the field.  Pa Collins turned in a warriors performance, in spite of having one leg for balance only, Collins was involved in much of the play down the stretch.  In first half it was Shane Hayes the hero with 3 great saves to deny Cork goals, and there were some well taken point from both sides.   The second half was also neck and neck and Thomas Beckett’s goal late in the game proved to be the decisive score.

Fran Keenan Lines up a Shot.
(Photo by Rachel O'Driscoll.)

On the hurling front, the Junior C final will be contested between Hartford and Providence in 2 weeks time with both teams seeking their first title in the grade.  Junior B hurling is wide open, while a Tom’s v Galway senior hurling final is on the cards after Tom’s won easily over Offaly on Sunday afternoon.

Lot’s to looks forward to in this novel all home-based season, and the USGAA finals coming up the weekend of August 20.

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