By Connie Kelly
Boston was the place to be last weekend with no fewer than 10 football, hurling and camogie games played in brilliant sunshine.
In senior football, Aiden McAnespie’s had an 8-point win over Cork. With new arrivals Mark Daly of Monahan and Dean Anderson from Down at centerfield, they set a lively pace for Cork and went in at the half leading 1-11 to 1-2.
But, as so many times in the past, Cork came out all fired up and had a goal and two points in 10 minutes. But McAnespie’s got into their stride again with points from Barry Fay, Darren Farmer and Conor McKeever.
Frank Delaney and Mark Leonard tried hard to keep Cork in the game but some poor finishing by their forwards cost them dearly.
McAnespie’s now join Kerry at the top of the leader board, with five points each.
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Tone’s overcome St. Pat’s
In the second game, St. Pat’s looked very strong in the first half against the wind and had a lead of 1-4 to 0-6 over the Wolfe Tone’s, but things went very wrong in the second half.
This game turned ugly and out of control at times, and when both teams played football, the Tone’s were in control. Ken Daly had a goal and two points, Seamus Martin, Martin McNally and Mick Salmon scored a point each.
Mick Kearns and Cyril Wallace tried hard to get the Pat’s back into the game. With Gareth Goulding sending over three points and Kearns in the dying moments (1) the Tone’s held on to win by a score of 1-11 to 1-8.
In senior hurling, the fans were treated to an excellent game with Tipperary coming out on top of Father Tom Burkes by 2-12 to 0-15.
Notre Dame win
In intermediate football, North American champions Notre Dame had little trouble from Galway, winning by a score of 6-12 to 0-5.
In junior football, Cork might have left this one behind them, leading the Wolfe Tone’s by 0-5 to 0-2 at the half. Cork seemed to lose their concentration in the second half and it was all downhill after Damien Carty’s goal after 7 minutes.
Cork were denied a penalty and were unlucky to lose on a score of 1-6 to 0-7.
Also in junior football, Shannon Blues completely overpowered a weak Notre Dame team by a score of 3-16 to 0-3.
In the third junior game, Mayo did not fare much better, losing to Kerry by 3-9 to 0-6.
Tir na nOg were never allowed take advantage of the strong wind and at the half had only five points on the board from Yvonne Ward (1) Carolyn Newton (1) Marie Corkery (2) Carolyn Egan (1), while the Shamrocks were relentless in pursuit of goals getting three from Sinead Walsh (2) and Martina McNulty (1) and a point from Marie Collins to leave it 3-1 to 0-5 at the half.
In the second half, the Shamrocks showed what a really good team they are. Clare’s Diane Kelly, along with Paula O’Callaghan and Sinead Walsh, picked off 14 points between them with the help of Liz O’Shea.
Tir na nOg’s goalie pulled off some great saves with the help of her fullback, Verona Considine. They only allowed one goal from O’Callaghan. Diane Toner also gave it everything she had in this hard hitting game. For Tir na nOg tomorrow is another day.
In the first game, Boston’s Emerald Isle held New York team Young Irelands scoreless in the first half and went on to win, 4-6 yo 1-0. The winners got good performances from Tina Roche 1-1, Eleanor Brennan (1) and Val Fitzpatrick (1), and Paula O’Callaghan and Marie McGrail in the backs.
The second and best game of the duo had a revamped Eire Og side, who, with quite a bit of new talent, had a good win over a determined but slightly lucky Breffni Blues, who were playing without a few of their regular squad. Áine Codd, Eire Og had superb game in midfield, scoring 2-2, while Sharon and Michelle Glynn were rock solid in the back and forward line. Elma Walsh also shone. Final score Eire Og 3-7 Breffni Blues 2-4.