Tir Chonaill Gaels 2-07, St Anthonys 0-05
By Damian Dolan.
An impressive second half display saw Tir Chonaill Gaels open their junior title quest with victory over St Anthonys are Ruislip on Sunday.
Beaten finalists last year, the Gaels’ all English-born side will be keen to make amends for their defeat to Cuchulainns, and on the evidence of their second period performance they proved that last year’s run to the final was no fluke.
As for St Anthonys, the Reading team have plenty of work to do if they are to have a say in the destination of this year’s title. Fancied by many to be in the shake up, Anthonys’ failure to register a single score from play will have been a concern.
On a baking hot afternoon at Ruislip, the first half produced plenty of effort but little quality. Mike McGrath’s free gave the Gaels’ the lead, only for Kieran Cunningham to level.
Former London back Noel Burke was doing an outstanding job of keeping Gaels’ dangerman Liam Gavigan in check, and as a consequence the Greenford side struggled to pose a threat in the final third.
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