Cork looked very strong last week, when they took on the Gaels and won easy. But on Sunday, Cork had a hard time with the Tones, who are stepping up a grade.
Playing with a strong wind, the Tones had 2-6 on the board before Gary Hanley had Cork’s first point a minute to halftime. Half a minute later, Cork had a second point from Bernie Alcott, Barry Allen had a goal for the Tones after three minutes of play. Noel McPhillips and Brendan Murray added two more points within five minutes and on the 16th minute Barry Allen had another point from play. On the 22nd minute Keith Doyle the half back went through for a lovely point. Denis Murtagh was unlucky when his shot hit the post. The Cork backs were under a lot of pressure at this stage. And there was more to come when Barry Allen sent a lovely pass to Dave Murphy and sent it right to the back of the net to leave the score at halftime Tones 2-6, Cork 0-2.
But everyone knew that when Cork came back out for the second half, things were going to change. Botcho had Cork on the board with the first kick of the second half, seven minutes later Botcho found Gary Hanley for a second point. Noel McPhillips pulled one back for the Tones. Frank Delaney had Cork pressing again and Gary Hanley had Cork’s third point. Noel McPhillips had another Tones point in the 16th minute. Cork were putting on the pressure now. Frank Delaney sent a pass to Botcho with 10 minutes to go and he stuck it in the net. Cork were starting to make a game of it at this stage, but they missed an easy goal on the 14th minute. Paul Ford and Gerry Hanley added two more points but it was too little too late. Man of the match was Barry Allen. The Westmeath man was solid all through the game. Also playing well for the Tones were Keith Doyle, Noel McPhillips, Denis Murtagh, Brendan Murray and Dave Murphy. Best for Cork were Garry Hanley, Botcho, Frank Delaney, Paul Ford, Mick Lynch, John Casey.
Wolfe Tones 4-10, Notre Dame 2-4
The Wolfe Tones junior footballers had a rather easy win over a short-handed Notre Dame. Best for the winners were Martin McArdle, Paul Adamson and Damien Carty. For Notre Dame, Declan Wickham, Thomas Armor, Pat Murphy (1-2) Honkey O’Connor (1-0) and John McDevitt had a busy afternoon in goals.
St. Cols 1-9, Gaels 1-4
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St. Cols had the better of Connemara Gaels in another junior football showdown. John Burke, Tony Fallon and Paddy Lee played well for the losers, while Mickey Barber had a fine game for St. Cols, as did Steve Stack, Lorcan Maughan and goalie Tom Kerins, who made some good saves.
Tipperary 2-12, Galway 1-8
Tipperary had a solid win over Galway with a score of 2-12 to 1-8. Good performances by Clinton Hennessy, Chris Dunn, Keiran O’Donnell, Jerry McGrath, Hopper McGrath, John Feeley.
Galway were best served by James Kinsella, Phil Callaghan, Peter Staunton and John Nelly.
Donegal 1-7, Shannon Blues 1-5
Donegal had that little bit extra over a gallant Blues team. Sean Boyer, Ricky Rush, Liam O’Neil, David Cannon, John Hurrill and Mike McGinty were best for Donegal. While Kieran Maher had a blinder for the Blues the man is all heart. Also playing well for the Blues were Paddy McGinley, Pat and Brendan Driscoll and Jimmy Smith.
Killes 3-8, McAnespies 1-13
This was a classic with nothing between these two teams. There were a few bookings but this did not take away from the game. For the Killes Conor McKeever and James McAllinden did most of the scoring but they got plenty of help from Gerry McMahon, Adrian Conway, Anthony Walshe and Mickey Barber in goals, his second game of the day.
McAnespies had good performances from Nigel Regan, Paddy Stones, Darren Farmer, Michael Slowey. Martin Harvey went off injured after 10 minutes. He was missed and would have made a difference.