By Connie Kelly
Tipp 3-12, Cork 2-9
Tipperary’s hurlers overcame a 4-point deficit, scoring three quick goals and a late point in ringing up a 3-12 to 2-9 victory over Cork Sunday in Canton, Mass.
Cork held a 0-5 to 0-4 lead at the break thanks to three points by Rory Dwyer. Jim Howard’s strong play and Damien McSweeney’s goal helped Cork extend their lead in the second half to five points. But Tipp came right back with four unanswered points by Man of the Match Chris Dunne, cutting Cork’s lead to a single point with 14 minutes left.
McSweeney answered for Cork, with a carbon copy of his first goal, and Dwyer again made it a 5-point lead with 12 to go. Dwyer and Dunn then traded points with just 6 minutes on the clock. At that stage Tipperary started a series of attacks on Cork. James Hughes scored a goal and Dunne had 2-2 in the late rally.
McAnespies 1-8, Kerry 1-5
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McAnespies’ senior footballers ended the season undefeated after seven games. This was a tight, hard-hitting game from start to finish by these two semifinal-bound teams. It took 10 minutes to register the game’s first score. Midfielder Ross Hainsworth burst through and sent a rocket that hit the underside of the crossbar and in. Ollie Murphy added two points from play and Barry Fay punched one over for McAnespies. At the other end Kerry were finding it hard to score with a number of bad passes and several wide they just managed three points, two from Kevin Madden and one from Pat Ahearn, and, after 30 minutes, it was McAnespies 1-3 Kerry 0-3.
McAnespies’ scored first in the second half with a point from a free, but Kerry bounced back with a point from a free by Kevin Lynch. Midfielder Jason Stokes had Kerry right back on the attack. Mervin Ford collected a pass and played it off to Kevin Lynch and the plucky little man from Castleisland buried the ball in the back of the net and the sides were level. Lynch was right back three minutes later with the lead for Kerry. McCartan tied it up 17 minutes into the half. A minute later Murphy regained the lead for McAnespies and for the next 10 minutes it was all defense.
In Intermediate football, St. Columbkilles put on a fine display of football, beating St. Pats 2-17 to 0-3. Jarvesse Marron, Andy Farrell and Niall Crossan made scoring look easy for the Killes, while Cyril Wallace tried hard to get the Pats into this game. Kerry and Connemara juniors ended in a draw, Kerry 0-8 Gaels 1-5. In women’s football, it was Roscommon 4-15, Tir na nOg 3-1.