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Boston GAA: McAnespies topple Mayo

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Connie Kelly

McAnespies 3-16, Mayo 1-6

There was no shortage of action in Boston’s Dilboy Stadium over the weekend, with 10 championship games played in good weather. As expected, McAnespies kept on rolling with a 3-16 to 1-6 victory over Mayo. Jet lag did not seem to effect Big Joe McNally, back in town to line out with his old teammates, McAnespies. Along with Darren Farmer, Conor McKeever and Mark Daly, together they had 1-9 to 4 points for Mayo in the first half. McNally showed what a talented player he is with some fine ball distribution and excellent marksmanship.

Mayo fared a little better in the second half.

Seamus Mullen beat goalie Tom Harty two minutes into the half. Declan Logue and Kevin Walsh added two points but there was no stopping McAnespies. Ross Hainsworth and Martin Harvey had a goal apiece. Nigel Regan was on target with five points and Barry Fay also got in on the action with a point. Mayo were well served by Kevin Comer, Kevin Walsh and Seamus Mullen.

Donegal 3-6, Shannon Blues 0-9

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In the first senior game of the afternoon, Donegal looked much sharper than the Shannon Blues. Once again it was Michael Ward who did most of the scoring for Donegal, having 2-3 of their total, making him Boston’s top scorer. Michael O’Donnell had his team’s third goal. John Doherty, Michael McGinty and Ricky Rush added a point each. For the Blues, Pat Driscoll had five points and a good all-around game. Maurice Moore added two more, Paul Bruce and Colin Kane one each. The Blues had 14 wides in the game to Donegal’s five.

Kerry 2-8, Cork 1-11

As usual this was a hard-hitting game of football with Cork going in at the half with a 3-point lead, 1-6 to 1-3. Denis Sayers of Kerry traded goals with Cork’s Richie Fleming. The Cork backs kept Kerry under pressure, Kerry just hitting three points, two from frees by Mark O’Brien and one from play by Derek Byrne. Byrne was unlucky not have two goals. For Cork, Eugene Connally had two points, and Brendan Harrington, Lar Madden, Peter Murphy and Richie Fleming one each.

St. Christopher’s 4-15, Galway 0-8

In intermediate football, St. Christophers added three players to their line-up and made a huge difference. Fergus Clifford, Denis Lyons and Alan Cronin ran right through the Galway defense time and again and had 1-9 to 0-4 on the board at halftime.

In the second half, Galway tried to make a game of it, but goalie Richard Moxley pulled off some great saves at close range. Damien Flynn and Kevin Keane were best for Galway.

Connemara Gaels 0-6, N.D. 0-4

Also in intermediate football, Connemara Gaels beat Notre Dame. The first half was close, ending at 0-6 to 0-4 for the Gaels. But Pat O’Malley’s goal from a penalty 10 minutes into the second half and some fine saves by goalie Stephen King ended this game as a contest. Paddy Carragher, Mick Coogan and Paudi Keefe were best for Notre Dame.

Fr. Toms 1-11, Galway 0-12

In senior hurling, Galway were on top in the first half of this game by a score of 0-7 to 0- 3, but could not hold out in the second half. A goal by Ronan Hanley was the big difference. Declan McGeeney, Christy Roche and Sean Fitzgerald played well for the Toms. Martin Joe Greaney had a solid game for Galway, along with Brendan Morrissey, Pat Byrne, Paul Dillon and Vincent Franks.

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