It was a scene of jubilation Sunday after the New York Minor Board all-stars outplayed a physically superior Canada side by 3-2 to 1-1 at Dr. Cullen Park in Carlow. Canada were first on the scoreboard and their defense closed down many promising New York attacks. Conor Brady opened the New York scoring. In a six-player movement involving Lorcan Malone, Emmett Woods, Stephen Casssels, Nicholas Mangan, Michael Ruane and Thomas McGovern, he hammered the ball to the net. Chris Cassels and Jimmy Ruane then sprang Sean Twomey, who, in a beautiful touch of class, crashed the ball to the net.
In the second half, Shane O’Connor, from the 40, spotted Chris Cassels in space. Cassels coolly picked his spot and rattled the net. Shane O’Connor’s score made it 3-2.
Peter Woods in goal was impressive, banging a number of 50-yard kickouts. Thomas Brady, Lorcan Malone, Emmett Woods, Allison Traynor very solid. Pierce Cassels, Stephen Cassels, P.J. Wagner, Thomas Neilis also played well, as did midfielders Nicholas Mangan, Conor Brady, Chris Cassels, Thomas McGovern and Michael Ruane. Sean Twomey, Jimmy Ruane, C.J. Molloy, John White, Shane O’Connor, Daniel Tierney , Cathleen Enright and Brian Warner were most impressive.
In Saturday’s semifinal in Feenagh, New York defeated Mullinavat, Kilkenny, 1-4 to 0-3, with Thomas McGovern scoring 1-1. New York also accounted for Yorkshire on Saturday, 3-12 to 0-2.