The Shannon Blues were victorious in their game against Connemara Gaels on Sunday. Though it was difficult to pick a winner in the first half, the Blues took over the second half and claimed their spot in next weekend's final.
The Blues entered the deciding weekend with winning on their minds. Their tenacity was clear from the first whistle. The match got underway with points from Gaels' number 13, Oisin Mc Donagh, and Blues' number 13, Gearoid Hassett. Points bounced back and forth between the two teams before Gaels' number 10, Matthias Eoin Barrett set the tone with a sneaky goal that woke the blues up. Several points from their number 8, Lee Deignan, put them back on par with their green and white rivals. It was clear that they wanted a goal, which became even more urgent when Gaels' Barrett (10) struck another goal. James O'Donnell (1) however, was determined that the Blues would not get a goal and made several incredible saves.
Barrett's (10) level of scoring was unmatched throughout the game. With about 5 minutes left in the first half, the Blues found themselves behind by three, and desperate to catch up. Their efforts came to fruition just before the whistle when number 10, Niall Feeney, sent the ball into the back of the net.
Starting off the second half with an even score, both teams were determined to assert their dominance early on. Though the Gaels' looked lively, there was a different kind of hunger in the Blues' eyes that foreshadowed their win. They started off with a point from number 11, Niall Walsh, before Barrett (10) struck again with a goal, that snuck in behind O'Donnell (1).
Through hard work they pulled ahead by five points. The Gaels tried to get back into the swing of things but points from Barrett (10) Enda Kelly (15) and Liam Toye (22) were not enough to combat the slew of points from the Blues side. They knew a goal was their only hope of getting back in the game, but despite number 5, Eoin Clifford's effort, it was saved by the Blues' goalie. The match came to an end with a final score of Shannon Blues 3-16 and Connemara Gaels 2-13.
The Blues will face-off with Donegal, in next week's Intermediate Football Final.