By Connie Kelly
Cork’s 1999 season came to an end at Canton, thanks to a solid team performance by the Shannon Blues on a score of 2-11 to 2-9.
As expected, this was a first class, hard-hitting game of football that lasted 60 minutes.
Dave Burke had the Blues on the board with a free after a minute of play.
Richie Flemming, back in the lineup for Cork was to have another star performance, picking up a pass from Frank Delaney headed straight for goal and faked out goalie Clinton Hennessy with a short pass to Anthony Buckley who buried it in the back of the net.
Flemming added a point from a free four minutes later.
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The Blues sent three scoreable balls wide in a row and again Flemming was on the attack, his shot hitting the upright. He got his own rebound and made no mistake the second time around.
The Blues came right back with points by Conor Conneely, Colm Kane, Kieran Maher and Cathal Golden to make it 1-2 to 5 points after 23 minutes of play.
Delaney and Flemming had two wides in a row for Cork and with Cork piling on the pressure, Flemming hit the upright, the ball going wide once again.
But Maher and the Blues rebounded with Colm Kane sending the ball to the back of the Cork net, giving Brian Rawl no chance. Eugene Connelly reduced the lead with a point right at half time to leave it 1-5 to 1-3.
The second half saw each team score 1-6 apiece.
Cork scorers: Anthony Buckley 3, Gary Hanley 2, and Richie Flemming 1-1.
The Blues: Dave Burke 1-2, Ken Killeen 3, and Colm Keane 1. A big win for the Blues and a tough loss for Cork.
In hurling, Galway made it a double over Tipperary and Fr. Toms.
In yet another excellent game of senior hurling, Galway made up for their one point loss to Cork last Sunday by beating Tipperary 1-11 to 1-10.
Tipp took a 1-5 to 1-3 lead at the half thanks to some fine work by Chris Dunne, Michael McGrath, Kevin O’Donnell.
James Kinsella had 1-3 for Galway in this game.
Also having a good game were Brendan Morrissey, Mattie Ford, Vincent Franks and John Millea but it would be John Murray’s last second point that won the day for Galway.
Fr. Toms lose
In the junior game, the score was Galway 1-6, Fr. Toms 0-8.
It was a very close game, which saw Mick Salmon and Mick O’Hara turn in a fine performance for Fr. Toms along with John Kelly and Joe Grealish and for Galway, John Nelly, Pat Concannon and Sean Birmingham had a good outing.
Donegal beat Tones
In the second senior football game, Donegal had it easy with Wolfe Tones, the final score being 1-16 to 1-3.
With the Tones already out of the running, they gave it everything they had with a brilliant performance in goals by Morgan Flannagan who made six point blank saves, three in each half. He ranks way up there and gets man of the match.
In intermediate football, Connemara Gaels had a very good win over Notre Dame, the final score being 1-9 to 1-7.
Notre Dame had a 1-3 to 0-3 point lead at the half thanks to Mick Gribbon 1-2 and Neil Finnegan (0-1). But they had no answer for Bosco O’Halloran who had the game of his life for the Gaels scoring 1-2.
Vinnie O’Malley was on target with six points and Kieran Collins, 0-1.
In the backs for the Gaels, Pat O’Malley and John Slattery were rock solid.
For Notre Dame, Paudi O’Keeffe impressed when he came on in the second half, also Sean Casey and Liam McBarron did well.
In junior football, Shannon Blues defeated St. Columbkilles 2-8 to 0-7.
Donegal beat a short-handed Cork by a score of 3-15 to 2-5 and Mayo ran out winners over Connemara Gaels 1-11 to 2-5.
McAnespies had a three point win over Kerry, 1-12 to 1-9 and in a very entertaining challenge game St. Pats beat a team from the Aran Islands, 1-21 to 3-10.
GAA results of games played on Sunday, Aug. 8 at Irish Cultural Center in Canton:
Senior Football: Shannon Blues 2-11, Cork 2-9; Donegal 1-16, Wolfe Tones 1-3.
Intermediate Football: Connemara Gaels 1-9, Notre Dame 1-7.
Junior Football: Aiden McAnespies 1-12, Kerry 1-9; Donegal 3-15, Cork 2-5; Mayo 1-11, Connemara Gaels 2-5; Shannon Blues 2-8, St. Columbkilles 0-7.
Senior Hurling: Galway 1-11, Tipperary 1-10.
Junior Hurling: Galway 1-6, Fr Tom Burkes 0-8.
Senior Challenge: St. Pats 1-21, Aran Islands 2-10.