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Wednesday October 4th 2023
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McAnespies take season’s first title

Mac's take the first blood of the 2011 season when beating Boston Wolfe Tones in last Sunday's O'Brien Cup Football final. (Photo courtesy of Rory O'Donnell).

One of the strongest senior football clubs in Boston, if not America, Aidan McAnespies showed again why they are a force as they crushed Boston Wolfe Tones last Sunday to take the first US Northeast competition of the season, the O’Brien Cup.

The ‘Tones had been putting in some impressive performances early on in the young season and looked like they could continue that form in last Sunday’s Cup decider. However, ‘McAnespies in a final are always hard to beat and so it turned out last week when they ran out comfortable seven point winners on a scoreline of [22] 0-22 to [15] 1-12.

Wolfe Tones got off to a flyer though when grabbing a goal in the opening minute but that was as good as it got as McAnespies proceeded to run riot hitting no less than 11 points on the trot without a response from the shell shocked ‘Tones.  At the half, McAnespies led by almost double scores 0-13 to [7] 1-04.
Wolfe Tones did manage to get back in the game and slowly pegged back the lead to 3, however McAnespies kicked on once more and were never troubled again.

In hurling, the second round of the Sheehan Cup saw a reversal of fortunes for Tipperary.  They had crashed heavily last time out to Wexford but against Galway on Sunday they were back on song and full value for their 11 point [21] 0-21 to [10] 1-07 victory.
After a close first half with Tipp leading by 4, they upped the anti in the second half and Galway just could not follow suit.

In the other Sheehan Cup second round, Wexford continued their good early form with an easy victory over [24] 2-18 to Fr Tom Burkes [11] 1-08 and they now sit top of the table.
A goal midway through the first half saw Wexford build a deserved five point lead at the break. Tom’s put in a better showing in the second half though as they reduced the deficit to a goal early on.  But Wexford responded well with a succession of points before a second goal sealed the deal and ran out 13 point winners in the end.

NOTE: No podcast with report. Weekly Boston podcast from next week.