By Connie Kelly
There was no shortage of action at Gaelic Park in Canton on Mothers’ Day when five games were decided. Galway hurlers had a big win over last year’s champions, Tipperary, on a scoreline of 2-16 to 1-10. Just one point separated both teams at the half, 1-5 to 0-7. In senior football, Connemara Gaels came out on top of Cork on a score of 3-5 to 1-10. This was a very physical game and players on both teams had little in reserve at the end of 60 minutes. Both of these teams had big wins last week — Cork over Kerry and the Gaels over Donegal. The Gaels were first on the board with a well-taken goal by Mike Bryant with just five minutes gone. Alan O’Connor and Steve Conway added points for the Gaels. Cork pulled ahead by three early in the second half. Alan O’Connor pulled one back for the Gaels but the turning point in this game came when O’Connor’s free found John Burke wide open and he blasted it past Brian Rawl for the Gaels second goal of thegame.
Richie Flemming pointed a free for Cork to tie the game again but on the very next play Cork gave up a penalty which Pat O’Malley stuck in the corner of the net to break Cork’s heart again. Mark Lukeman put the Gaels further ahead but Cork would not give up, winning a free which was sent into Frank Delaney on the 14 yard line and he buried it for Cork’s only goal and with only one point separating these two teams time ran out for Cork. So the Gaels are the only team with four points. In the Millennium Cup games, Donegal were taken to overtime by Notre Dame before they squeezed out a three point victory. Notre Dame led at the half, 2-5 to 0-6, and were unlucky not to win this game. In the second Cup game, it was one way traffic for Kerry over St. Columbkilles, 2-19 to 0-4.
In women’s football, new club Waterford put up a great battle against Roscommon in their first championship game. In a very low-scoring game which ended five to three for Roscommon, Waterford showed a lot of promise and heart and fought right to the end.
On Sunday, May 21, a minor and junior team travel from New York to take on McAnespies in junior and the pick of Boston in a minor game. Four championship games are scheduled: 2 p.m., Donegal vs. Shannon Blues; 3:45 p.m. senior hurling, Cork vs. Fr. Toms; 5 p.m., senior football, McAnespies vs. Wolfe Tones; 6:15 p.m., Int., Christophers vs. Galway.