On Thursday, the New York Minor Board all-stars arrived at Omeath at 11 a.m. after a 70-mile bus trip from Dublin airport. New York squared off against defending champions Warwickshire at 4 p.m.in torrential rain and gale winds.
At half time, the score stood Warwickshire 1-12, New York 0-1. Using the wind to their advantage, New York then scored 1-10 in a trot, Mickey Sheridan getting 1-8. New York then fluffed a couple of great scoring chances while Warwick used the ball wisely, knocking over 4 points, leaving the final score Warwickshire 1-16, New York 1-11.
After a hard hour’s football, New York began its second game, against Hertfordshire, at 5:30 p.m.. Two minutes into the game, there was a mix-up in the New York defense. The wet ball wound up in their net. Now playing the more intelligent football, a great give-and-go out of defense by Ciaran Dwyer, Gerry Gillespie, Jason Clarke, Mickey Sheridan and Ray Lennon sent Paul Vassat to the net. But it was disallowed because of a square infringement. After another great build-up two minutes later, a shot from close range went wide. Points by Dermot O’Sullivan, Mickey Sheridan, Jason Clarke left the final score Hertfordshire 1-5, New York 0-7.
Another heartbreaking loss for New York after having so much possession and not making the most of their opportunities.
All games played at Cooley Kickhams football grounds. Last Friday, New York played Lancashire in ideal weather conditions. Using the ball wisely with good open football, solid defense, they knocked over some brilliant scores from all angles. Final score New York 2-10, Lancashire 2-3.
Chief marksman again was Mickey Sheridan getting seven great points. Ryan Sullivan rocked the net, getting a great through ball from Ray Lennon. A long ball out of defense from Ciaran Dwyer to Gerry Gillespie selling a great dummy to his marker laid the ball off to Gene Gillespie to Sean Corbin, who slotted it home. Dermot O’Sullivan now at right half back broke up a great Lancashire movement, soloed 30 yards down the right wing and, from 40 yards out, sent a beauty over the bar. Ray Lennon from a difficult angle got a point, also closed out the scoring for New York with a long range point.
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Having a particularly noteworthy series for New York were Mickey Sheridan, Nicky Dinapoli, Ciaran Dwyer, Gerry Gillespie, Jason Clarke, Dermot O’Sullivan, Ray Lennon, Sean Corbin and goalkeeper John Williams.
New York panel: John Williams, Nicky Dinapoli, Richie Galvin, Brian Morris, Donal Gillespie, Ciaran Dwyer, Gerry Gillespie, Jason Clarke, Charlie Boyer, Padraig Dwyer, Sean Corbin, Michael Sheridan, Ray Lennon, Dermot O’Sullivan, Ryan Sullivan, J.J. McManus, Paul Vassat, Gene Gillespie, Jimmy Hudson, Shane Larkin.
New York had four players on the starting 15 from all the participating clubs that played the County Louth minor team, which ended in a draw, 11 points each.