By Connie Kelly
Cork 3-14, Mayo 0-12
Cork made it a double at Gaelic Park in Canton on Sunday. While it may have been a little bittersweet after losing to Kerry on the other side of the ocean earlier in the day, thanks to goalie Brian Rawl, who made six point-blank saves, the red and white of Cork prevailed.
Mayo must be wondering what went wrong when that many scoreable chances went a begging. Mayo got stuck into this game from the throw-in with a shot on goal that was saved, but they were right back at Cork when Kevin Comer sent a long pass to Brian McStay, who converted for the first point of the game. Richie Fleming of Cork linked up with Tadgh Deasy for their first point, but McStay added two more for Mayo. Robert O’Mahoney pulled one back for Cork with just 12 minutes gone. A minute later O’Mahoney scored the only goal of the half.
With the game tied at 1-5 to 0-8 after 22 minutes, Cork turned dominant. Brendan Jer O’Sullivan sent over two long-range frees and Robert O’Mahoney closing out the half with a point from play, giving Cork a 1-8 to 0-8 edge at the break.
Mayo picked up the pace in the second half with three rapid points from Jarvis Toner, McStay and Kevin Comer, but they finally ran out of steam with Brendan Jer O’Sullivan giving a fine exhibition of fielding and scoring.
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Kerry 1-16, Wolfe Tones 1-5
While the first half was a cracker the Wolfe Tones could not keep pace with Kerry in the end, but for 30 minutes the Tones gave it everything they had and only trailed by two at the half, 1-6 to 1-4. Kerry were first on the board when Ger Grimley sent a bullet to the back of the net, one of the few players in Boston to beat goalie all-star Morgan Flannagan. Mervin Ford, Mark O’Brien and Colin Doyle all added points for Kerry before Mick Salmon registered the Tones’ first point from a free. Salmon then added one from play, but the Tones’ Fergal O’Callaghan hit the post and Gerry Woods was right there to bury the ball in the Kerry net.
Kevin Lynch added a point for Kerry, Sean Pete Sullivan and Kieran Shea were winning midfield for Kerry, but the Tones’ backs were not giving an inch. The next score of the game came after Sean Pete was fouled and Mark O’Brien sent over the free, but the Tones were right back with two more points to get within a point of Kerry. Philip Kirk broke up the Tones next attack sending a lovely pass to Mark O’Brien for another Kerry point and at the half time whistle Kerry led 1-6 to 1-4.
Kerry dominatef in the second half, scoring 10 points to the Tones’ one.
Tipperary 0-12, Tom Burkes 1-2
In senior hurling, Tipperary picked up their first victory of the season. Chris Dunn proved once again to be Tipp’s marksman with five points, three from frees. Kieran Power and Brendan Dunphy each had one. Kilkennyman Dan Russell had Fr. Toms’ only score of the half, a well-taken goal after 18 minutes of play.
In the second half, Chris Dunn added two more for Tipp. Seamus O’Rourke and Declan O’Rourke and John Walsh all added points for Fr. Toms. Michael Tracey and Seamus Higgins also scored.
In junior football, Cork came from behind with two late goals, one a penalty, to beat old rivals, Kerry, 3-5 to 2-6. It was first time out for both teams, Denis Sayers scoring 2-5 of Kerry’s tally in a very lively game of football.
In women’s football, Boston Shamrocks keep rolling with another win over Roscommon on a score of 3-14 to 1-5.
In Intermediate football, Notre Dame made amends for their last defeat by St. Columbkilles by beating St. Christophers 1-14 to 2-2 in a very free flowing game.
Saturday: 2:30 p.m., Waterford vs. Boston Shamrocks (women); 3:45, Notre Dame vs. Galway (intermediate); 5, Emerald Isle vs. New York (camogie); 6:15, Eire Og vs. Washington (camogie)
Sunday: 10:30 a.m., J.H., Fr. Tom Burkes vs. Cork; 11:45, New York Minors vs. Boston; 1 p.m., Shamrocks vs. N.Y. All Stars; 2:15, JF Shannon Blues vs. McAnespies; 3:30, SH Cork vs. Fr. Tom Burkes; 4:45, SF Kerry vs Shannon Blues.