Sunday, June 19, 2022

Senior Football - Connemara Gaels v Donegal

Donegal 1-16 Connemara Gaels 1-9

Paul Mannion is pursued by Mikey Kerr

Donegal made it two wins out of two with a fairly comprehensive win against a Connemara Gaels side that kept going till the end.  At the break the leg work was done by the Donegal man, and even though the Gaels put up a much better showing in the second 30 minutes, turning the tables would be a long shot.  Paul Mannion and Ciaran McFaul in the forward line for Donegal showed their class with some great scores, and the back line kept the door closed and did not allow the Gaels the opportunity to put a string of scores together.

Donegal enjoyed the upper hand for the first half.  With the outlet of Paul Mannion lined out at corner forward, and Ciaran McFaul on the 45, there were plenty of scoring options for the Donegal men.  Three points opened the game for Donegal before the Gaels got on the board with a James Garrity effort.   Donegal answered with another 3 points before the Gaels got their second, with Mannion and McFaul on the mark, and the signs were ominous for the Connemara men.  Sean Lambe attacked with purpose from wing back for Donegal and when needed, the Donegal defence were in front of their men to put a stop to anything remotely promising.  The Gaels did manage to engineer a goal chance, but Hugh Boyle was equal to the task and saved well from Sullivan.

Matt Sullivan watched by Jason Noctor

Donegal struck with a goal before half time.  Another Gaels attack was broken up and Mannion showed great patience to wait for the incoming Shane Carthy who had the simplest of finishes to palm into the open net.  The Gaels had started Matt Sullivan at corner forward, and it was not till the end of the half that the move paid any dividends.  Sullivan struck two points before half time and Ger Davoran another to make it a seven point game at the half, Donegal 1-9 Gaels 0-5.

The second half saw the teams cancel each other out in the opening exchanges.  Garrity and Sullivan pointed for the Gaels and Mannion and Carthy for Donegal.  Another goal chance fell for the Gaels, and again, Boyle was equal to the task with a fine save from Garrity.  The Gaels fared much better in the defensive stakes and forced a number of turnovers, but converting them into scores to make a dent in the Donegal lead was the challenge.  Donegal had done the legwork already.

With less than 10 minutes to go Sean Conneeley saw a second yellow following a tired challenge, and the Gaels were down a man to see out the game.  With 7 points between the teams, and the affair more or less decided, the westerners continued to try and find the openings, while Donegal just needed to see it out.  The Gaels won a penalty after Matt Sullivan was brought down by Boyle as he tried to side step the Donegal keeper with a few minutes to go, but in the process also lost Sullivan to a second yellow as the Kerry man’s retaliation was penalized.  Garrity dispatched the penalty well, however with the 2 man advantage, Donegal made it up three points on the trot to see out the game.  A second win for Donegal and Gaels and McAnespies will battle for second spot in the table next week.

Gaels:  Sean Fox, Aaron Duffy, Jack Coyne, Michael Coyne, Jack Lynch, Callum Holland, Mikey Kerr, Ger Davoran, Colman Mulkerrin, Ryan Caffrey, Sean Conneely, Matt Sullivan, James Garrity.  Donegal:  Hugh Boyle, Jason Noctor, Kieran Tobin, Sean Lambe, Jack O’Brien, Aidan O’Sullivan, Cory Gallagher, Shane Carthy, Sean Winston, Ciaran McFaul, Jack Boyle, Paul Mannion, Ciaran McDevitt.

By Rory O'Donnell

Junior A Football - Aidan McAnespies V Connemara Gaels

For a time it looked like it would be a close run affair between the Macs and Gaels as the teams were tied about 5 minutes into the second half.  McAnespies, however, ran away with it in the last 20 minutes as Paddy O’Neill proved instrumental in the middle of the field, and Jimmy Rigney, who came on as a sub, fired in three goals to put the game beyond the Gaels.

Aidan McAnespies Junior A Team

McAnespies dominated the opening quarter with some good link up play from the back line all the way to Paraic Dillon at corner forward.  Dillon threatened when in possession and within 5 minutes had a goal for himself with a smashing finish from 14 yards.  It was mostly one way traffic.  The Gaels looked sluggish and in possession were short on ideas going forward.  McAnespies on the other had always had an option and well worked moves were finished by Fergus Byrne and Ciaran Wallace. 

The Gaels eventually found some traction and came firing back before half time.  With McAnespies holding a 1-4 to 0-1 lead, Bradley Fox started the revival with a point from distance, followed by Padraic McDonagh immediately afterwards.  An opportunist goal from Stephen Murray, who made his way upfield from corner back, pulled the Gaels within two points and it was game on again.  The teams traded scores before the break and it was McAnespies carrying a 2 point lead into the second half.

Jack Mahon tries to find an opening.

The Gaels looked like their late first half revival was carrying into the second half as the opening exchanges were in their favor.  Fox and Jack Mahon were winning their battles around the middle of the field.  After Wayne Flaherty pulled the Gaels to within a point Mahon hit with a goal and the Gaels led by two.  For the Gaels, however, that was the high water mark.   

McAnespies started to dominate possession once again and the middle of the field proved to be a fertile feeding ground.  Paddy O’Neill was involved in many of the good things happening for McAnespies, and the introduction of Jimmy Rigney proved to be a game changer.  Dillon pointed, and was followed by a score from Ciaran Wallace that leveled it.  McAnespies then opened a 6 point lead before the Gaels could respond.  After O’Neill put his side one to the good, Rigney showed great anticipation to get his hand in front for the following kick out, and carried the ball to the 21 before finishing with a great shot that hit the back of the net.  Daithi Higgins and Conan McCusker followed with points.  With 15 minutes left the Gaels had a mountain to climb, and it only became steeper.  Rigney added two more goals to his tally, while in response the Gaels could only muster points from Mahon and Tadgh O’Siochran.  A good win for McAnespies, while the Gaels are looking at still finding their first win in the competition.  Final score, McAnespies 5-12 Connemara Gaels 2-9.

Connemara Gaels:  James O’Donnell, Tom Conroy, Steve Murray, Colman Conroy, Ciaran Killeen, Tadgh O’Siochran, Bradley Fox, Ben Conway, Nessan O’Donnell, Jack Mahon, Donal Reany, Wayne Flaherty, Paraic McDonagh.  McAnespies:  Paddy Coakley, Ger Dillon, Darren Maher, Conan McCusker, Adam Doyle, Sean Clifford, Paddy O’Neill, Mark Coughlan,  Aidan O’Malley, Feargus Byrne, Colm O’Malley, Padraic Dillon, Ciaran Wallace.

By Rory O'Donnell

Intermediate Football - Christopher's v Wolfe Tones

Christopher’s and the Wolfe Tones met on a cooler than usual mid-June afternoon with each team looking for their first points of the Intermediate Championship.  It was Christopher’s who played the more efficient, flowing football throughout while the Tones showed spurts of what they could do.  The forward line axis of Westport men, Alan Kelly and Killian Kilkelly, were instrumental in the Christopher’s success with some smart interplay and efficient scoring.  The Tones had a couple of first half goal chances that might have lifted their efforts but by the time the second half was not long started, the points were more or less in the bag for Christopher’s.

Killian Kilkelly nets from the Spot

Christopher’s quickly went into a 3 point lead with 2 points from Kennedy at corner forward and one from Kilkelly at centre forward.  Wolfe Tones answered with a Gavin Walsh point, however, struggled to get any traction going forward.  Kilkelly and Kennedy were key to Christopher’s forward line and their understanding produced a number of good moves.  One resulted in a penalty.   Luke Tunney made a run from the half back line, Kilkelly was involved and Kennedy eventually was fouled from behind in the box, and Kilkelly’s spot kick was well taken to put Christopher’s 1-4 to 0-1 ahead.

Tones had a couple of goal chances for themselves.  Rian Moylan did well to turn his man on the win and found a wide open path to goal only to put the shot the far side of the post.  Moylan was involved in the second opportunity for the Tones as he fed Oran McCarney whose shot was well saved by Bill Crookston in goal for Christopher’s.  Chances were few and far between for the Tones, however, while Christopher’s ability to find the space and hit the man resulted in 6 additional points before the break.  The Tones efforts were rewarded with points from Gavin Walsh, Cormac Joyce-Power, and Dylan Coyne, but the Christopher’s finishing was efficient and accurate whose lead continued to open wider as time wore on.  At the break it was a 1-11 to 0-5 Christopher’s advantage.

The Tones stepped up their efforts following the restart with much more purpose going forward, and were rewarded with an early goal from Moylan.  Christopher’s, however, started to get other players in on the act with Diarmuid Baker pointing following a run from centre back, Sean Igoe getting his name on the scoresheet, and Pat Delaney netting four goals from his corner forward berth.  The Tones kept plugging away, Moylan netted a second goal and Cian McGovern a point, but the play seemed to flow easier in favor of Christopher’s.   Christopher’s with a 5-22 to 2-10 win and the Blues and Kerry will need to pay attention.

Tones:  Ben Savage, Caolan Slevin, Dylan Hand, Mike Kerr, Oran McCarney, Pa Collins, Cathal Walsh, Dylan Coyne, Cian McGovern, Cormac Joyce-Power, Joey Doyle, Gavin Walsh, Rian Moylan.  Christopher’s:  Bill Crookston, Martin Coppinger, Mark McSweeney, Andrew Inman, Diarmaid Baker, Luke Tunney, Paudie Kenneally, Dylan Furling, Jerry Kenneally, Killian Kilkelly, Sean Igoe, Alan Kennedy, Pat Delaney.

By Rory O'Donnell

Senior Football - Galway v Aidan McAnespies

Galway 1-9 Aidan McAnespies 3-18

John Dunne in Possession for Galway

Aidan McAnespies will have been fairly pleased with their day’s work with a convincing victory over Galway.  For the westerners it will be a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire as next up is favourites for the championship, Donegal next Saturday.  Two goals, one after the throw-in and another following the restart had Galway on the back foot from the get go, and the McAnespies attacking half back line kept the pressure on all game as they swarmed the Galway defence.

McAnespies got off to the perfect start with a Peter O’Connell point quickly followed by a Cian Sharkey goal, all within a minute of the throw-in.  The one-two punch was answered with 2 points from Galway corner forward John Dunne from placed balls.  McAnespies had the better of things from the get-go however.  Galway found themselves under pressure frequently as McAnespies were on top of the kick outs, and attacked in numbers to keep their opponents on the back foot. 

The points came from different quarters for McAnespies.  Colm Lennon, Cian Sharkey, Peter O’Connell with a great score, and Sharkey again kept the scoreboard moving for McAnespies while for Galway it was Dunne’s free kicks that kept it from getting out of hand.  Another goal with about 10 minutes to the break put McAnespies well and truly in the driver’s seat.  It was a move that characterized how McAnespies were playing with numbers overwhelming the Galway rearguard.   Daragh Lyne running from midfield found Rory Brolly who fired the ball into the far corner.  Galway answered with 2 points on the trot from Dunne and one Paddy Mullins, but McAnespies answered in kind with a score each from Robert Croft and Steven Ward.  At the half it was a commanding 2-9 to 0-7 McAnespies lead.

Darragh Lyne on the Attack for Macs

McAnespies extended their lead following the restart.  Ronan Buckley added third goal for McAnespies, while Ruairi Scott and Croft added points.  Galway opened their second half account with a Dunne free about 10 minutes into the half.  Ruairi Scott responded for McAnespies before Danny Burke finally rattled the McAnespies net following an assist from Dunne.  The goal was a consolation for Galway as the game had got away from them by that stage.  For McAnespies it was time to give the line a run to play out the remaining time.  A good outing for the Macs and Galway still searching for the first win of the season.

Galway: Blaine Sheridan, Eoin Dunne, Stuart Cullen, Aidan Flanagan, Ciaran Potter, Paddy Mullins, Danny Burke, Michael Kinsella, Barry McDonagh, Michael Moylan, Pat Moylan, John Moylan, John Dunne. Macs:  Rory McElroy, Rob Pigott, Gavin Nangle, Owen Ward, Colm Lennon, Cian Sharkey, Daragh Lyne, Steven Ward, Ronan Buckley, Ruairi Scott, Peter O’Connell, Robbie Croft, Rory Brolly.

By Rory O'Donnell

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Junior A Football - Cork v Connemara Gaels

Cork Boston GFC and Connemara Gaels had a very entertaining game in Canton in both teams first outing in the Junior A Championship. The game ebbed and flowed throughout with both teams having dominance in different sectors. Overall Cork Boston just shaded it and were a little more accurate up front but, there was nothing between the teams.

The Victorious Cork Team

At half time Cork Boston led by 9 points to 5. While Connemara Gaels had the better of midfield in the 1st half, Cork Boston’s defense was on top and pressurized the Connemara Gaels forwards in to shooting from distance.  
Tom Keane was responsible for most of the Cork scores while Kieran McEnery whipped over a great point off his left.

The second half saw the momentum swing wildly several times. Connemara Gaels dominated the 1st fifteen minutes and clawed their way back to level the game at 12 points apiece, with Mayo's Jack Mahon leading the scoring charge.  Ryan Caffrey was dominating the midfield exchanges and it looked like Gaels were going to make a winning push.

However the Rebels shot back and had 3 quick points in succession to lead by 3 again with the crucial score coming from 18-year-old American born John O’ Riordon, kicking from 40 yards on the right-hand side. In the final stages the Cork rearguard held firm while the Gaels prioritized goals over points and eventually reduced the deficit to 1 when a last-minute goal attempt went over the bar.

Report Courtesy of Sean Kelly

Monday, June 13, 2022

Intermediate Football: Christopher's v Kerry

Kerry 2-19 Christopher’s 2-16

Noel Kennedy lines up his goal shot

Kerry added another win to their tally in the Intermediate football championship with a 5 point win over Christopher’s.  For Christopher’s it was a much improved performance from last week’s outing, however, the game slowly slipped away from them as the Kerry forwards picked off the points in the second half.  Christopher’s did make Kerry sweat a little with a late goal that reduced the gap to a score and a chance that rattled the crossbar, but the Kingdom held on for the last couple of minutes to take both points.

The teams were back and forth for the opening quarter with each side taking some nice points.  For Christopher’s it was corner forward Alan. Kennedy who showed well for the ball, and also showed that he could make the space for himself to finish picking off several points in the early going.  Kerry had contributions from several quarters, Jack Farrell at corner forward showed well and Ryan O’ Súilleabháin at wing forward also was also lively for the Kingdom. 

Kerry gained an upper hand with two back to back goals after 20 minutes.  Noel Kennedy stole forward from the back line to finish the first, and the second came from Gearoid Dillane, and Christopher’s were hit with a one-two punch.   Christopher’s got some neat play from Killian Kilkelly, and struck back with a much needed goal before the break to keep themselves in the game.  At the break it was a 2-10 to 1-8 Kerry advantage.

The second half saw Kerry stretch their lead.  Dillane pointed, and then Ryan O’ Súilleabháin put a lovely score over the bar following a dummy solo and finish to match.   Jack Farrell added two more and there was a lot of work for Christopher’s to do to lift the siege.  Alan Kennedy and Kilkelly linked well for Christopher’s at times, but the Kerry defence was hard to penetrate.  Eventually Kennedy pointed, and that score was followed by two wonderful strikes from Jeremiah Kenneally who powered though the Kerry rearguard to bring his side back into the game.

Six points in it coming into the final 15 minutes and a goal was imperative for Christopher’s, but with much searching for the gaps in Kerry’s rearguard, there was none to be found.  The two goal deficit remained as Kerry continued to pick off the points and Christopher’s could only respond in kind.  Eventually a goal did come for Christopher’s, but with little time remaining.  It was Kenneally made another thundering run to latch on to a pass from brother, Danny who had taken a spot on the edge of the square, and Jeremiah billowed the back of the net with the shot.  Tensions rose in the final few minutes, and Kerry hearts were in mouths as a final Christopher’s chance to steal something from the game rattled the crossbar.  Kerry did just about enough to take both points, and it will be Christopher’s and Tones next as each tries to take their first points of the season next Sunday.   

Shannon Blues defeated the Wolfe Tones in the final game of the day with a  4-17 to 3-6 final score, and will renew and old rivalry with Kerry a week from Saturday to establish who will be top dog for the championship.

Kerry:  Kevin Flynn, Noel Kennedy, John Doherty, Conor Stack, Shane O’Connor, Sean O’Cathasaigh, James Farrell, Declan O’Sullivan, Gearoid Dillane, Sean Ó Buadhacháin, Padraig Doyle, Jack Farrell, Ryan Ó Súilleabháin,.  Christopher’s:  W. Crookston, J. Kelley, M. McSweeney, A. Inman, P. Kenneally, L. Tunney, J. Horgan, J. Kenneally, S. Igoe, K. Kilkelly, D. Furlong, G. Barr, A. Kennedy.

Senior Hurling: Galway v Fr. Tom Burke's

Galway 6-20 Fr. Tom’s 2-16

Daniel Loftus keeps Donal Mannion reined in.

Galway had a turnaround of fortunes on the hurling field on Sunday with many players involved on both the football and the hurling clubs.  With a team containing some top tier hurling talent, Galway turned it up in the second half and ran out heavy winners as the forward line were not to be stopped.

Tom’s got off to the better start and went into an early 1-4 to 0-2 lead.  Joe Fogerty who lined out at wing forward was on the mark from the placed ball, and a goal was fired in by Donal Mannion.  Galway soon got a hold of the game and once the full forward duo of Billy Power and Michael Kiely got going, they proved to be an almost unstoppable force.  After Fogerty made it a 6 point Tom’s lead, a flurry of Galway scores turned the game on its head.  Aidan Nolan pointed from play to reduce the gap to 5 and  Galway netted right from the Tom’s puckout.  The ball was sent back in to Kiely who got a hold of it fired the ball into the far corner.  Danny Burke put the next puckout over the bar, and after a slight reprieve for Tom’s with another Fogerty free, it was Kiely again who ran through the Tom’s rearguard for another goal to put Galway into a one point lead.   

Fogerty’s frees were keeping Tom’s in the game, and with the sides swapping points, Tom’s regained the lead with a Fogerty point from play.  The tempo was high and the scores were flying over the bar as each side vied for control.    As half time approached Galway netted a third goal, and it was a peach as the two Waterford men combined beautifully.  It was Power who scored it but the assist from Kiely was a skill that can’t be taught as he let the ball into the box drop off his stick with perfect weight, into the path of the barreling Power, who buried it.  The half ended with a flurry of Kiely points from the dead balls, and Galway had a 3-10 to 1-10 lead at the break.

The second half was dominated by Galway as Tom’s found it hard to come to grips with the Galway’s power house forward line.  Three points added to the gap after the restart, and then two goals, the first from Power who built up a head of steam before firing home, and the second from Aidan Nolan assisted by Power, put all hopes of a Tom’s comeback to rest.  Galway were motoring now, and 5 points without reply underlined their dominance as Tom’s found it hard to gain possession around the middle of the field and launch a meaningful attack. 

Donal Mannion at corner forward eventually found some running space and finished a great solo effort into the net for Tom’s, who continued to battle to the end.  Galway finished with aplomb, however, after Power found Nolan with a lovely ball and it was goal number 6 for the Tribesmen.  Tom’s will be wondering how to turn the tables for the second game in the best of 5 between the teams.  There is time to try and close the gap with the next game in this best of 5 taking place 2 weeks from now on June 26.  But, based on this form, Galway must be hot favourites to retain the senior hurling championship.

Galway:  John Coleman, Tom Murray, Killian O’Dwyer, Pat Moylan, Daniel Loftus, Gavin Fives, Evan Hunt, Danny Burke, Mike Moylan, Aidan Nolan, Barry McDonagh, Billy Power, Michael Kiely.  Tom’s:  Kevin Flynn, Cian Wadding, Padraic O’Neill, Carthach Daly, Conor Murphy, Brian Connolly, Niall Murphy, Matty Duane, Joe Fogerty, Martin O’Connell, Liam Moore, Cathal Hardiman, Donal Mannion.

Senior Football - Connemara Gaels v Galway

 Connemara Gaels 3-7 Galway 1-5

Matt Sullivan Shoots
After last week’s championship opener between 2 teams with northern connections, it was the turn of the westerners to take the field Saturday evening.  Although Galway were never far behind, it was a game where the Gaels always seemed to have the edge and in the end three late goals put the result beyond doubt.

The first half was a quiet enough affair.  Seanie Conneeley and James Garrity posted 3 points between them for the Gaels before Galway got off the mark through a John Duane point.  It was not exactly a display of marksmanship from either team in the early going as several chances fell the wrong side of the posts, and the Gaels will have had the most of those.  With Matt Sullivan and Ger Davoran in the middle of the field the Gaels held the advantage in size and in possession, but converting it from the field to the scoreboard was a struggle.

James Garrity at corner forward proved to be a spark in the game.  The Trillick native’s quickness was an issue for the Galway back line and he added another point to the Gael’s tally before the break.  John Moylan put Galway’s second over before the break and it was a 0-4 to 0-2 Gaels advantage after 30 minutes.

Ciaran Potter on the ball for Galway

Galway opened the second half the brighter of the teams and moved the ball well into dangerous areas, at times forcing the Gaels defenders into fouls.  This time it was Galway who failed to make the most of their chances, and add to their 2 point tally.  In the meantime, the Gaels started to find a groove going forward.  Garrity finished a good move for a point and shortly afterwards Michael Kerr and Garrity were involved in the best score of the day and the Gaels found the gaps in the Galway defence.

Garrity added another from a free before Aidan Nolan responded for Galway with their first score of the second half.   The score, however, was a precursor to a flurry of goals from the Gaels to finish the game as the football began to flow more freely from the Connemara side.  Callum Holland fired the ball into the net following a good move, again Garrity was involved.  Paraic Pee Wee McDonagh added another with 5 minutes to go, and before the full time whistle sounded, McDonagh added a third, rubbing a bit of salt into Galway’s wounds.  Galway found some consolation with a late Tim Prenter goal, and it finished an 8 point Gaels win.  The Gaels are sure to face a tougher test next Sunday when it is Paul Mannion and Donegal that they face in the last game of the day.  Galway also have a week to get back to the drawing board to see how they can conjure up a result against Aidan McAnespies.   

Galway:  Blaine Sheridan, Eoin Dunne, Stuart Cullen, Liam Boyle, Ciaran Potter, Pat Moylan, Danny Burke, John Duane, John Moylan, Michael Kinsella, Paddy Mullins, Mike Moylan, Greg Lundy.  Gaels:  Sean Fox, Jack Coyne, Aaron Duffy, Callum Holland, Jack Lynch, Michael Coyne, Matt Sullivan, Ger Davoran, Seanie Conneeley, Colman Mulkerrin, Mikey Kerr, AJ McGuire, James Garrity.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Intermediate Football - Shannon Blues v Christopher's

Shannon Blues vs Christopher’s

Pat Moylan Seeks an Option for the Blues
Photo by Rachel O'Driscoll
The final game of the day at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton was yet another intermediate battle between Christopher’s and Shannon Blues. The game took off to a quick start with a fast point from Christopher’s, however the Shannon blues were not far behind, shooting 3 points from play in the first five minutes. Christopher’s kick outs managed to find themselves in the hands of Maurice young for the Shannon Blues more often than not, with some good teamwork play between Pat Murray and Young in the middle of the field dominating the first half of the game,

After a quick water break the Shannon Blues got right to business with Rian Bailey taking a mighty shot on goal. A few more handy points were tipped over the bar by both Michael Moylan and Maurice young – both players showing great potential in the front of the field. Christopher's bounced back with points from James Horgan and Killian Kilkelly.  Christopher’s keeper Bill Crookston made a number of good saves throughout the game.  Michael Moylan took a run at goal in the final minutes unfortunately missing narrowly and putting the shot over the bar

Overall it was a strong game of football with plenty of good hand passing and shots on goal!  Final score, Shannon Blues 1-22 Christopher's 0-10.

Man of the Match: Michael Moylan

Intermediate Football - Kerry v Wolfe Tones

Wolfetones Vs. Kerry Boston

Kerry's Declan O'Sullivan on the Burst
Photo by Rachel O'Driscoll
The intermediate men’s championship got underway in Canton on Sunday the 6th of September in the prime of the heat. It was a scorcher all around and you could tell neither Wolf tones or Kerry Boston were fully climatized to playing in such conditions. Kerry, having advanced two grades from Junior B to Intermediate, came into the matchday looking to prove that they belonged in the higher grade, and it’s fair to say they did not disappoint opening the game strong with a point from play by Rian O’Sullivan.

The following ten minutes of football resulted in a large number of wides for both sides – with neither team seeming to settle into the game. That was until Rian O’ Sullivan saw his chance to take a run at goal, and shot the pal right past the wolf tones keeper.

The game continued with some strong attacks by the wolf tones side bringing the game to near level at one point. Sean Bohan for Kerry however kept the tones out and continued to dominate the play around the centre of the field for Kerry Boston.

Overall the Kerry Boston vs Wolftones game was one of flowing football and good scoring opportunities. The wolftones side never dropped the heads throughout and it will be interesting to see how this years intermediate championship unfolds. Full time score Kerry Boston 3-15 to Wolftones 2-06.

Man of the Match: Shane O’ Connor – Kerry Boston

By Aoife Griffin

Senior Football Championship - Aidan McAnespies v Donegal

Round 1 of the senior men’s championship took to the fields in Canton this Sunday the 6th of

Paul Mannion Shoots for Donegal
Photo by Rachel O'Driscoll

June. Action took to the field at 1:30 with Donegal Boston taking on Aidan McAnespie’s for the third time this season in what was guaranteed to be an exciting match.

An early point from Robbie Croft got Aidan McAnespies got the game off to a quick start but Donegal were quick to respond with scores coming in from Paul Mannion and Shane Carthy to put Donegal into an early lead. Mc Anespies full back line of Cian Sharky, Niall Murphy & Ronan Buckley made things tough on the Donegal forward line but Jack O’ Brien continued to plough through popping them over the bar to keep the gap growing.

Robbie Crofts free from the edge of the square resulted in a nice point to pull Aidan Mc Anespies back into the game but Donegal were quick off the mark with a good kick out from Hugh Boyle resulting in yet another score from Paul Mannion.

Rory Brolly took a quick spring from Rory McElroys brilliant kick out resulting in a nice point to pull Aidan McAnespies back into the game. The joy was short lived,  as a heavy tackle on Eoin Gormley resulted in him going off with a hamstring injury shortly before the end of the first half. Robbie Croft kicked a nice point from this free leaving the half time score as Aidan McEnespies: 0-4 to Donegal Boston: 1-9

Key Players in the first half: Cian Sharkey proved instrumental in the first half for Aidan MCs in keeping the score tipping over. Ryan Brolly also showed his worth on the field for the MacAnaespies. Donegal’s recent recruit of Paul Mannion alongside Jack Boyle performed well in the first half, as did Hugh Boyle, goalkeeper who made some terrific saves and who’s kick out rarely went astray.

Aidan McAnespies took to the field a completely different team in the second half – it was clear from the get go that they we’re coming out all guns blazing and ready to give it their all. A strong win on the throw in by No.8 Darragh Lyne, followed by a solo run straight up the middle resulted in an early point from Robbie Croft, setting the tone for the start of this half.

Rory Brolly got his name on the score sheet early in the 2nd half with a lovely point from play. Never a quiet game between these two teams, the adrenaline got too much for Sean Winston who took a run straight into the sideline fence, resulting in a kick off the crossbar by Shane Carthy.

The tension didn’t stop here, when Donegal’s Colm Gallagher took down Aidan Mc Anespies Conan McCusker on a clear run in for goal. This resulted in a free which was popped over the bar with ease by Robbie Croft.  Hugh Boyle blocked a brilliant shot on goal by Rory Brolly. A number of points drifted over in favour of Donegal and the game tied to a close with a score of Aidan Mc Anespies 0-12 to Donegal 1-14.

Peter ‘Ace’ O Connell was by far the stand-out player for Aidan Mc Anespies Side keeping the scoreboard ticking over and keeping the Mc Anespies in the game. Hugh O Boyle stood out in goals for the Donegal side, as did corner forward Paul Mannion. 

Man of the Match: Peter O’Connell

By Aoife Griffin

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Junior A Hurling - Offaly Hold Sean Og's at Bay

Eoin Morrissey on the Run for Sean Og's
The junior A hurling championship commenced on sunny Saturday afternoon with a slight breeze making conditions quite pleasant.  There were goals aplenty, and after falling behind and chasing for the rest of the game, Sean Og’s almost got themselves back into it in the second half with 2 Matty Duane goals as the tempo picked up pace in the final quarter.  Offaly had the marksmanship of Jack Murray and Evan Campbell to thank, as well as a late flurry of Mike Lennon scores, for keeping their noses ahead as Sean Og’s made their late run.

The biggest difference between the teams in the opening 30 minutes was accuracy.  Offaly made more of their chances, and while Sean Og’s linked up quite well at times along with some solid running from Eoin Morissey down the middle, but the final effort was off the mark more frequently than they would have liked.  Mike Lennon got an early goal for Offaly, and the sturdy number 12 at corner forward was always a danger when the ball was in his hand.  Sean Og’s answered with the powerful Matty Duane answering in kind, and we had a game on.

Jack Murray was the man who kept the scoreboard moving for Offaly through frees or open play.  Sean O’Shaughnessy in midfield also kept the ball moving for Offaly, and with scores from Lennon and O’Shaughnessy there was a 5 point gap at the break, 1-8 to 1-3 in favor of the faithful.   Ciaran Flanagan, Dylan Coyne and Duane had pointed to keep the youngsters in touch.

Simon Sinnott Clears for Offaly

The second half saw Offaly threaten to pull away, but Duane’s powerful finishes kept them reined in.  Three points on the trot, 2 from Murray and one from Campbell, after play restarted were pulled back in one whip of the stick from Duane.  After Coyne narrowed the gap to 4 points with a well taken effort, Offaly again stretched the lead through Pat Murray and Campbell points.  Again, the scores were canceled out but a Duane rocket into the back of the net.   Sean Og’s were starting to look like they could pull it out of the hat in the last 15 minutes.

With the game on the line coming into the final quarter the intensity ratcheted up a bit, and with Offaly having two players hobbled, one at either end of the field, there was a chance for Sean Og’s to turn the lead.  Keeper Daragh Kealy and corner forward Ciaran Lynch each lame with injuries, but played on out of necessity.  After Jack Murray scored a point worthy of the highest level of the game from distance, two Aidan O’Malley frees again reduced the gap to a goal.  It was corner forward Lennon who was key for Offaly in the late stages with a point followed by a goal.  Lennon was first to the rebound off a Jack Murray shot to net and seemingly secure the points.  Sean Og’s did not down tools and continued to keep up the pressure, and scored a late goal from Ciaran Flanagan, but it was just too late to turn the tables and first points of the 2022 season go to the Offaly men.    

Offaly 2-16 Sean Og’s 4-7

Sean Og’s:  Aidan Joyce, Aidan Flanagan, Colm O’Malley, John O’Doherty, Eoin Morissey, Eamon Kelly, Aidan O’Malley, Matty Duane, Ciaran Flanagan, Dylan Coyne, Michael Winston, Brendan Smith, Brian Cahill, Conor Smith, Niall O’Malley.  Offaly:  Darragh Kealy, Jack Lynch, Simon Sinnott, Jack Murray, Cathal Hayes, Tom Lind, Ciaran Lynch, Sean O’Shaughnessy, Marty Gallagher, Evan Campbell, Pat Murray, Kevin Larkin, Mike Lennon, Ciaran Lynch.

By Rory O'Donnell

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Pat O'Brien Cup Final: McAnespie's strike early to take the cup

Champions:  A Great Start to 2022 for Aidan McAnespies

Aidan McAnespies captured the 2022 Pat O’Brien Cup in fairly convincing fashion over the challenge of the Connemara Gaels on an unseasonably hot Saturday evening.  The game was pretty much decided by the time the whistle went for the half time break, though in the second half, had the Gaels snatched an early goal from the chances they had, the run in to full time may have held a little more excitement.  Three first half goals sealed the deal for the Macs, and a much improved second half from the Gaels was not going to be enough to turn the tables.   

Eoin Gormley at corner forward was the early story for McAnespies.  The local youngster had the Gaels defence twisted in knots for much of the first half.  The direct ball in to the full forward line paid enormous dividends for the McAnespies with Gormley well able to win it and create problems.  The first goal came from a lovely long ball from Peter O’Connell to Gormley who found the incoming Tiernan Saul to finish into the net from 14 yards.  Gormley netted the second himself as the Gaels back line was opened up again soon afterwards.

A third goal followed from the boot of Niall Murphy after a lung busting run down the middle by wing back Cian Sharkey, who had an excellent overall first half.  It could have been 4 after Robbie Croft was taken down in the box.  Croft’s placed shot came off the crossbar, however, and it saved the Gaels from a complete shellacking.  The Gaels managed 3 first half points from Mikey Kerr, Jack Keady and Mark McKenzie, and missed a handful of decent chances, but struggled to find any traction going forward as the McAnespie’s back line had all avenues forward well covered.  O’Connell swung over a fantastic point from distance to underline the McAnespies dominance in the opening period, and with a 10 point lead heading into the second half the game appeared all but over.

Connemara Gaels: Early Blows Hurt the Gaels Challenge

The Gaels made a much better fist of it in the second half but could not put a dent in the gap on the scoreboard.  There were a couple of goal chances early, Rory McIlroy saved the first well and the second went into the side netting from an angle.  The Gaels enjoyed most of the possession and points went over from McKenzie, Colman Mulkerrin, Ryan Caffrey, Keady, Bradley Fox and Ger Davoran.   McAnespies, however, responded in kind each time, one from O’Connell was another fantastic strike from out on the wing, and the lead remained largely intact.  Conan McCusker and Croft rounded off the scoring as the Gaels continued to rue some missed late opportunities.  Final score Aidan McAnespies 3-10 Connemara Gaels 0-9.  Next up - championship action begins the weekend of June 5.

Scorers – Macs: Robbie Croft (0-2), Peter O’Connell (0-4), Tiernan Saul (1-2), Eoin Gormley (1-1), Niall Murphy (1-0) Conan McCusker (0-1) Gaels:  Mikey Kerr (0-1), Jack Keady (0-2), Mark McKenzie (0-1), Colman Mulkerrin (0-1), Ryan Caffrey (0-1), Dylan Murtagh (0-1), Bradley Fox (0-1), Ger Davoran (0-1).

By Rory O’Donnell

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Macs, Gaels into Pat O'Brien Cup Final; Worcester win Junior B Hurling Opener

The 2022 Pat O’Brien Cup final will be contested between the Connemara Gaels and Aidan McAnespies next Saturday, May 21.  There will be a new name of the cup as last season’s post-COVID revival saw two Donegal teams play the final, but this year the holders fell at the semi-final to the Macs.  The Connemara Gaels left it a bit later to see off the Wolfe Tones/Christopher’s challenge but pulled away with a convincing win in the end.

Tiernan Saul - Aidan McAnespies

McAnespies held an eight-point lead by the break of the second semi-final.  With a healthy looking 1-7 to 0-2 lead at the break for McAnespies it was going to take a big turnaround from Donegal to turn the tide.  The Donegal men were without the engine of Shane Carthy on the field however, and it looked like it was going to be a tall order to get back into it.  After some nicely clipped Robbie Croft points a Tiernan Saul goal put McAnespies into the driver’s seat.  Chances were not as plentiful for Donegal, and a point each from Darren Grant and Kieran McDevitt had the northerners on the board.   The second half continued along a similar vein with Rory Brolly coming to the fore in the forward line, and scoring a great individual point.  Cory Gallagher converted a penalty for Donegal, but a Brolly goal canceled it out soon afterwards (no blown kisses for the crowd from Rory) and McAnespies will look to add to the Enda Hammill Cup that they won a few weeks ago, with the final score 2-13 to 1-4.

In the other semi-final the Connemara Gaels dispatched a combined Wolfe Tones/Christopher’s side on a final score of 4-10 to 1-7.  It was not until the second half that the Gaels pulled away to make it safe.  It should be a good final next weekend to decide the 2022 winners.

Captains Travis Crocker and Tom Lind with Terry Doran

The Junior B Hurling championship also got off the ground with the opening game between Providence and Worcester.  Worcester earned the 2 points with some solid performances from Sean O’Shaughnessy, Tom Lind, Conor Greene, and a few clips of magic from the hurl of Jerry O’Connor.  Some nicely taken scores from Austen Clark frees and a couple from play filled the Providence column, but the Worcester sharpshooters were too much for the men from down I-95.  A second half goal from Clark would not be enough to eat into the Worcester lead as Andrew Engel and PJ Heffernan also netted for Worcester.  Final score, Worcester 2-24 Providence 1-8.

By Rory O'Donnell

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Plans in Place for 2022 Season

Paddy McGee fires Past Hugh Boyle is last year's clash
between Donegal and the Connemara Gaels.
2022 will see the GAA in Boston make a return to normality with games set to begin April 30.  There will be a total of 23 clubs entering 35 teams into 8 competitions.  The formats were agreed upon Thursday evening at a meeting of the board and the clubs.  

Galway, Connemara Gaels, Donegal and Aidan McAnespies will enter the Men’s senior football championship and Fr. Tom Burkes and Galway in the Men’s senior hurling.  Ladies teams will play a junior competition between Boston Shamrocks, Sean Og’s Ladies, and Connacht Ladies.   The schedule will be decided in the coming weeks and posted at

The draw for the Pat O’Brien Cup took place with teams drawn in groups of teams.  Group 1 is Kerry, Gaels, Worcester and Wolfe Tones/Christopher’s and Group 2 is McAnespies, Shannon Blues, Galway and Donegal.  Games will begin April 30 with the winner of each group contesting the final.

Also on the calendar is the Wolves Hurling Club 7’s in Merrimack NH on April 30 and Aidan McAnespies are hosting a football 7s on April 23 at the ICC in Canton.

Lots to look forward to!

Monday, February 14, 2022

Boston Northeast GAA AGM

Boston Northeast GAA

2022 AGM

The year got kicked off last Saturday evening at the Irish Cultural Centre with a very successful Annual General Meeting.

Delegates from all 24 clubs were in attendance as well as current and former divisional and USGAA chairpersons, Joe Lydon, John McDevitt, John Farrell, Bernie Reilly, and Bernie Connaughton.

The board officer’s reports were well received and reflected on what was a very successful return to action in 2021 following the COVID related layoff in 2020.  An all home based championship season went well was a great way to get the ball rolling heading into 2022.  Chairperson, Peter Murray’s address was full of thanks to all of the volunteers who helped with organizing and staging the games over the course of the season.   The USGAA finals in August were also a major success and the organizing committee were thanked for the work that went into hosting a great weekend of Gaelic sports.

There were a handful of motions to discuss and vote upon.  One to do away with floating players for men’s football did not pass, while several motions to update the bye laws for the division were passed.

The committee for the 2022 season was elected, although no voting was required as most officers returned to their positions unopposed.   Evan McDonagh (Assistant Secretary) and Dave “Fly” Power (Trustee) stepped down and in their places came Eoin Casey and Frankie Maloney.  John McDevitt was nominated as honorary President and accepted.   The Board for 2022 is:

Honorary President:  John McDevitt

Chair:  Peter Murray

Vice Chair:  Greg Lundy

Secretary:  David Joyce

Asst Secretary:  Eoin Casey

Treasurer:  Olivia Rabbitte

Asst Treasurer:  Mark McKee

Registrar:  Shane McKenna

PRO:  Rory O’Donnell

Youth Officer:  Martin Kerr

Trustees:  Eileen Kerin; Frankie Maloney, Paul Martin McDaid

Upcoming for 2022

The Feile Committee is organizing a Nite at the Races at the Cottage Bar in Weymouth on March 26.  Adult clubs are asked to support the event which is so important to support the U15 boys and girls teams traveling to Ireland in June.  Contact Karen Nugent to sponsor a race or a horse. 

April 30 the Wolves Hurling Club are organizing a 7-a-side in Merrimac NH.  Please contact the Wolves for additional information.  The club also has plans for a tournament at the end of October that will be open to clubs across the USGAA, and the clubs has the lofty goal of opening a full size GAA field in Merrimac!  It would be a first for the Granite state and great development. 

There were other items for discussion such as games development, organizing a First Aid/CPR course for clubs to attend, and advertising and promoting the games.

We look forward to the coming season and a bigger and better one in 2022.

By Rory O'Donnell