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Wolfe Tones prevail, set date with St. Brendan’s

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Eamon Kelly

Chicago

Senior Football

Wolfe Tones 3-12, Parnells 2-8

The stage is all set for a divisional showdown between Chicago’s biggest rivals in football, St. Brendan’s and Wolfe Tones, following the Tones’ 7-point victory over Parnells at Chicago Gaelic Park last Sunday.

Parnells having lost on their two previous outings, needed a win over Wolfe Tones to remain in the championship. Despite their exit from the competition, it has been an excellent season for Parnells, during which they put on several fine performances against their more experienced opponents. In their final game last Sunday they were in the hunt right up to the final quarter and trailed by just two points at the half way stage. While there were periods of delightful football and some spectacular scores it was in general a scrappy game. The closeness of the scoring in the first half and early second period and Parnells reputation to generate come-from-behind rallies maintained interest for the large attendance right up to the final whistle.

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The game started at a slow pace but soon picked up speed after Shane Broderick blasted to the net in the fourth minute to give St. Brendan’s a dream start. Parnells responded very quickly and narrowed the gap to a single point following two well-taken scores from Phillip Smyth. After Martin Delaney scored St. Brendan’s first point Parnells fought back again and after wonderful approach work Davy Shields broke through the Brendan’s defense to score a spectacular goal in the 10th minute to give his team the lead for the first and only time.

St. Brendan’s soon regained control and regained the lead with points from Kevin Lynch, Derek Cavanagh and Delaney. The teams exchanged points in the second period, leaving the halftime score St. Brendan’s 1-6 Parnells 1-4.

It remained a closely contested affair throughout the third quarter with just a couple of points separating the teams. However, in the 44th minute St. Brendan’s scored their second goal when Paul Ross shot to the net. Soon after that Gordon Wildon broke through the Parnells defense for Brendan’s final goal to give them an 8-point lead. As expected, Parolees generated a late rally during which Shields scored his second goal and Shane Really added a point but time ran out and St. Brendan’s secured a well deserved win.

While St. Brendan’s and Wolf Tones will meet next Sunday to close out the regular league fixture it will merely be a rehearsal for the divisional title game on Aug. 18.

Senior Hurling

Harry Boland’s 3-13, Erin’s Own 3-13

Reigning Central divisional senior hurling champions Erin’s Own, who have been struggling to reach last year’s level of performance, rocked Harry Boland’s with a dramatic finish to this lively contest at Chicago Gaelic Park last Sunday. The champions came close to stealing victory after coming back from a 12-point deficit near the end of the third quarter to eventually tie the game.

Harry Boland’s were by far the better team for most of the game, but comeback kings, Erin’s Own once again displayed great grit as they hit back following two killer goals by the Boland’s left half forward, Barry Loughnane, four minutes apart in the third quarter. The game had been a lackluster affair up that stage and now seemed destined to completely fizzle out.

Fortunately for the good attendance, Erin’s Own got their act together and played some fine hurling, which contributed to a rousing final quarter.

Although Erin’s Own got off to a good start and had the better of the early exchanges, in which they took a 2-point lead following an opportunist goal by Gerard Armstrong, they never managed to shake off the Boland’s lads, who clawed their way back in the second quarter to take control.

During the second quarter, Harry Boland’s outscored the champions by 1-6 to 0-2, their goal coming from the stick of Lenny Higgins and points scored by Kevin Horan (2), Liam Hogan (2), Loughnane (1) and Higgins (1), while David Burke and Tadgh Slevin scored for Erin’s Own to leave the halftime score Harry Boland’s 1-8, Erin’s Own 1-3.

Boland’s continued their monopoly on the game after the interval. Horan started with a well-taken point and then Loughlane went on his scoring spree, starting with a well-taken point, followed with his two goals. Rather than throw in the towel at this stage the champions staged a wonderful rally during which they scored 1-5 without reply to cut the 12-point deficit to four. David Burke was their goal scorer while their points were scored by Slevin (2), Conor O’Donovan (1), Owen O’Donovan (1), and Rory Stevenson (1).

Boland’s succeeded in curtailing the rally for a while when both sides exchanged wonderful points but late in the 4th quarter, Erin’s Own, spearheaded with a great hurling by Stevenson, took control. John McAssey pointed and within two minutes blasted to the net to put just two points between the teams. In a marvelous finish Erin’s Own outscored the Boland’s 0-4 to 0-2 to tie the game. Stevenson scored all for points for Erin’s Own while Horan and David Martin notched the scores for the Boland’s.

Boston

Jr. “A” Football

Donegal 1-11, Shannon Blues 0-12

Jr. “B” Football

Galway 1-9, Celtics 0-4

Sr. Football

Connemara Gaels 2-12, St. Patricks 0-10

McAnespies 0-10, Shannon Blues 0-10

Jr. Hurling

Wexford 2-9, Limerick 2-6

Sr. Hurling

Fr. Tom Burkes 2-11, Galway 2-10

San Francisco:

Men’s Jr. Football

Cusacks 2-3, Sons of Boru 3-10

Young Irelanders 2-9, Sean Treacy’s 1-6

Ladies Jr. Football

Clan na Gael 0-5, Saoirse 2-9

Men’s Int. Football:

Shannon Rangers 2-12, St. Joseph’s 1-11

Sr. Hurling:

Robert Emmets 2-14, Naimh Padraig 1-13

Jr. Hurling:

Robert Emmets 3-11, San Jose 1-5

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