The Donegal Boston panel before the Boston GAA Senior final and, inset, Jamie Brennan of Aidan McAnespies. Photos: Aoife Griffin - Boston GAA
Bundoran’s Jamie Brennan was a goalscorer as Aidan McAnespies beat Donegal Boston in the Boston GAA Senior final in Canton, Massachusetts.
McAnespies won out on a scoreline of 2-11 to 0-10 to win their first title since 2011 with Brennan slamming home the second goal on 49 minutes to make the score 2-8 to 0-8.
The Donegal side were managed by Padraig McLaughlin from Buncrana and coached by Gary McDaid of Glenswilly and started with Hugh Yank Boyle and Jack O’Brien from Naomh Muire, St Eunan’s Kieran Tobin, Jason Noctor from Killybegs, Dungloe’s Cory Gallagher, Sean Doherty from Urris and Naomh Padraig’s Caolan McColgan, with Jack Boyle from Naomh Muire a second half substitute.
McAnespies were 1-4 to 0-5 in front at half-time with Dublin’s Paul Mannion scoring three points for Donegal - four in all -and the only goal coming after referee James Molloy penalised Boyle in the Donegal goal for taking too long from a kick-out. McAnespies won the hop ball and Eoin Gormley netted.
Robbie Croft kept the scoreboard ticking over for McAnespies with six points in all - four frees and a 45 - with Joe Brolly’s son Rory also part of the winning team. Four minutes after Brennan’s goal, Ronan Buckley added a second. Brennan tore away moments later and was denied his side’s third goal by Boyle in the Donegal goal.
Donegal Boston: Hugh Boyle: Jason Noctor, Kieran Tobin: Sean Doherty, Jack O’Brien, Caolan McColgan; Shane Carthy, Shane Killoran; Cory Gallagher, Ciaran McDevitt, Jack Doherty; James Noone, Paul Mannion.
McAnespies: Rory McElroy; Rob Piggott, Gavin Nangle; Owen Ward, Colm Lennon, Cian Sharkey; Steven Ward, Daragh Lyne; Ronan Buckley, Rory Brolly, Robbie Croft; Eoin Gormley, Jamie Brennan.
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