Burke’s scoring blitz helps Annaghdown to easy win

Annaghdown defender Anthony Pender is in control against Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir's Daithí Mac Donnacha during Sunday's senior football championship quarter-final at Pearse Stadium.

Annaghdown 3-13

Leitir Móir 0-10

ANNAGHDOWN’S march through this year’s senior football championship continued at pace last Sunday as they demolished Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir in Pearse Stadium. While the final 12 point margin was harsh on the Connemara side, Annaghdown were by far the more dangerous outfit and it was clear long before the final whistle that it would be their day.

Frankie Burke was the hero for Annaghdown, constantly proving a thorn in Leitir Móir’s side. The corner-forward bagged 2-3 from play, 2-6 overall and laid on a handful of other scores for his team-mates.

With Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh doing a good job marshalling Damien Comer, Leitir Móir might have thought they had half the job done but Burke has been in fantastic form this year and, between his scores and Leitir Móir’s failure to create many of their own, there was really only going to be one winner.

Playing with the aid of a strong wind in the first half, Leitir Móir would have been looking for a quick start but they let Annaghdown in for a goal on their first attack. Ciaran Duggan’s shot rebounded off the upright and with Pádraig Mac an Rí losing track of the ball and his man, Conor Moloney was left unmarked in front of goal to put Annaghdown 1-0 to 0-0 up after just 35 seconds.

It was an unfortunate start for Máirtín Breathnach’s men because they put together a decent spell of sustained pressure to drag themselves back level within seven minutes. Iarla Ó Curraoin opened their account with a superb long-range free before following it up with a ‘45. Aonghus Ó Fátharta then drew the Connemara side level, 0-3 to 1-0, firing over a delightful score on the turn, from a tight angle on the right wing.

While it looked at that stage as if the game might go all they way, Frankie Burke soon set about  establishing Annaghdown’s dominance. He opened his account in the 15th minute, capping off a good team move, before Burke then set up Conor Moloney to tap over after a blistering run.

While Iarla Ó Curraoin had replied for Leitir Móir with a 40m free, Burke was again on hand to tap over after Matthias Coleman had been fouled.

Ó Curraoin’s dead ball ability was keeping Leitir Móir in touch and it was on show again in the 23rd minute when he pointed another effort from 50m. The ball rolled from its spot just as Ó Curraoin began his run-up but, instead of re-spotting it as most would, the wing-forward ploughed on and stroked it over the bar.

That left Leitir Móir just a point behind, 0-5 to 1-3, but it would be the 45th minute before they scored again with Annaghdown adding 1-7 in the meantime.

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune.