Shannon Blues and Wolfe Tones met in the third game of the day on the field of dreams at the Irish Cultural Center on Sunday. It was a tight game all the way through as the Tones attempted to gain their first victory of the campaign and retain an outside of a playoff appearance.
Shannon Blues pipped the Tones late in the Game
The Blues went into a 4 points to one lead with scores from Tom Murnane, Niall Walsh and Michael Moylan, Caolan Slevin hit the mark for the Tones. The Tones rattled the net from the boot of Cian McGovern to go into the lead, the score followed points from McGovern and Ronan Fox. It was tit for tat for the remainder of the half as neither team could gain a decisive advantage. Again, it was Michael Moylan the driving force for the Blues with 2 points before Murnane netted to make it a 1-6 to 1-4 Blues advantage. After the teams traded 2 points each the Tones hit with a goal just before the break from McGovern to hold a one point lead at the break.
The Tones extended that lead right after the restart, Rian Moylan with a goal to make it a 5 point lead and things were looking very promising. The Blues, however, did not panic and with three unanswered points had reined in their opponents to within a score. It was the usual suspects of Murnane, Moylan, and Walsh on the mark. The Tones tried to push home their advantage, Cormac Joyce-Power and McGovern pointed, but again the Blues responded through Murnane.
It was coming up to crunch time and the Tones ahead by four points, but the gas in the tank was starting to run low. The Blues finished the game with a big push to turn the tables and so they did with points from Moylan and Bailey followed by late goals by Moylan to take the points from under the noses of the Tones who will have been disappointed. It is a tight race for the Intermediate title this year with Christopher’s and Kerry meeting Sunday afternoon in a big game for top spot.
In senior football action on Sunday McAnespies scored another win in their quest for the championship with a convincing win over Galway, whose hopes hang on a thread. By half time McAnespies were 2-8 to 0-4 ahead thanks to 2 late goals from Eoin Gormley. Galway had been hanging in with scores from Daire Keenan, John Dunne and Keith Doyle. It was Jim McMahon on the mark for McAnespies for most of the half, and Jamie Brennan, Robbie Croft and Rory Brolly also chipped in the help matters on the scoreboard.
The second half saw the McAnespies lead grow as the result was increasingly beyond doubt. The Galway net was rattled again mid-way though the second period, and 2 late Tiernan Saul goals put a cap on the victory. Next Sunday we see can Donegal break their duck against the Gaels as top spot is up for grabs and the bye into the final.
By Rory O'Donnell