GAA: Herts Takes Wolfe Tone Cup

GAA: Herts Takes Wolfe Tone Cup
GAA: Herts Takes Wolfe Tone Cup. Photo by Paul Currie/Sportsfile

Hertfordshire 3-11

Yorkshire 1-03

A dominant performance from Hertfordshire footballers over Yorkshire at the weekend saw them claim the commemorative Wolfe Tone Cup on Saturday.

As part of the GAA’s 1916 commemorations, Britain’s inter-country shield competition was played in Frongoch, Wales, where Gaelic football matches were organised and played by Irish internees in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising.

GAA: Herts Takes Wolfe Tone Cup
18 June 2016; Tom Condon of Yorkshire in action against Piers McGlynn of Hertfordshire. Photo by Paul Currie/Sportsfile

While held in the Frongoch internment camp, the internees organised inter-hut and inter-county competitions which were all played on a football field the internees named Croke Park.

GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail was in attendance at the grounds, which is still referred to as Croke Park by locals.

For the first time in 100 years, Gaelic football was played in Croke Park, the Frongoch venue so named by Irish Internees following the 1916 rebellion.

GAA: Herts Takes Wolfe Tone Cup
18 June 2016; Yorkshire line up. Photo by Paul Currie/Sportsfile

The fixture was the Provincial Junior Football Shield Final, with Hertfordshire prevailing as comfortable winners over a youthful Yorkshire on a 3-11 to 1-3 score line.

Hertfordshire established early supremacy, moving the ball quickly into the full forward line where team captain Mark Ryan ruled the roost.

His early goal, following points from the industrious Piers McGlynn gave the men in green a platform from which they went on tho dominate the first half, scoring 1-8 and restricting Yorkshire to a solitary point.

GAA: Herts Takes Wolfe Tone Cup
18 June 2016; Thomas O Conduin of Yorkshire in action against Mark Ryan of Hertfordshire. Photo by Paul Currie/Sportsfile

The second half saw a brief comeback from Yorkshire.

A goal from The impressive Jack Day wasn’t enough to derail the more experienced Herts men who added further goals from McGlynn and Sean McGonigle to seal an impressive victory. GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail presented Herts’ captain Mark Ryan with the newly commissioned Wolfe Tone Cup


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